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Bloomfield Hills' Medical Marijuana Ordinance Challenged by Lawsuit

Bloomfield Hills passed an ordinance in October requiring card-carrying certified medical marijuana users to register with the Bloomfield Township Police Department. The ordinance also requires the submission of a form to the police disclosing the “patient’s” drivers license number and date of birth, whether the patient owns or rents their home, and identifying how many other […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Affirms Father's Child Support Obligation Even When Parental Rights Terminated

There has been some buzz among family law practitioners this week concerning the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision in the DHS vs Beck case. Earlier this year, we posted on the Michigan Court of Appeals decision that held a father, whose chronic drugging resulted in the complete neglect of his children and termination of his parental […]

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Felony Child Support Cases Get Review by Michigan Supreme Court

Last week, the Michigan Supreme Court granted leave on three cases challenging the constitutionality of the Felony Non-support Act; the statute criminalizing the failure to pay timely child support to the custodial parent. This blog has covered the felony child support issue relative to the People v Likine case from Oakland County Circuit Court.  That […]

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Nun Indicted in Gotham for Embezzling Nearly Million From Catholic College

Nunsense!  Earlier this week, Marie Thornton, a nun known around Westchester County, New York’s Iona College as “Sister Susie” was indicted for embezzlement in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.  She was charged with stealing nearly a million dollars over a decade from the private Catholic college which she served as a vice president for […]

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Lake County to Absorb 2500 California Felons

In 1998, the Michigan Department of Corrections opened the Michigan Youth Correctional Facility in Baldwin, Michigan; right smack in the middle of the Manistee National Forest in Lake County.  The facility, known as the “punk prison”, closed in 2005 and was subsequently sold to GEO Group, Inc., a Texas-based conglomerate. Lake County has suffered unemployment […]

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Five out of Six Trial Victories; Not Bad

Here at Clarkston Legal (i.e. the law firm of Karlstrom Cooney) we try cases from time to time. Most good attorneys, however, will concede that trying the case is a last resort; it is almost always better to reach a reasonable settlement. Much of our firm’s trial experience comes from the realm of criminal law. […]

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Child's Aging Held to be Sufficient Change of Circumstance to Justify Parenting-Time Modification

Very recently, the Michigan Court of Appeals published their decision in the parenting time modification case of Shade v Wright.  That case, and its effect on our “family law” jurisprudence, is the subject of our fellow Oakland County law blogger, Cameron Goulding, Esq.Cameron produces the North Oakland Divorce Blog.  This post is his original content; […]

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Bankrolling the Divorce Settlement

We’ve all heard about lenders that specialize in loaning to personal injury plaintiffs in advance of their settlement. These firms front the money to the plaintiff, at a significant discount from the amount expected to be realized in the ultimate settlement. This same princple is being applied to divorce judgments.  Get your money now and […]

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Comic Book Explains Arrests and Lawyers to Teenage Children

In New York City, anyone arrested under the age of 16 is now provided an informational pamphlet (four pages) explaining the criminal process from the booking stage right through sentencing. Is it me, or do others find this one of the latest signs of the apocalypse?  This is a sad commentary. This comic book does […]

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