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Medical Marijuana Gets Huge Boost in Oakland County

Here is a post from renowned criminal defense attorney Neil Rockind. Apparently, Neil’s big marijuana case resulted in all charges being dismissed yesterday by Oakland Circuit Judge Daniel O’Brien. Along with some other local “heavy hitters” from the criminal defense bar, this group of defense attorneys challenged prosecutions of dispensary owners. Here is Neil’s take […]

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Privacy and Tracking Cell Phone Use

Our cell phones have been described as the biographer of our daily lives.  If deconstructed, a cell phone can tell an awful lot about its owner. Increasingly, cell phone carriers are being subpoenaed in high-conflict, or fault-based divorce cases.  The cell phone records identify the persons with whom an individual communicates throughout the day, and […]

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Spousal Greed at Intersection of Probate & Criminal Law

When Ben Novak, Jr. was found murdered last year at the NYC Hilton, his wife Narcy was one of the first people questioned by the NYPD.  She goes on trial next week for the murders of her husband and Mother-in-Law. Novak inherited a portion of the fortune of his father, Ben Novak, the former owner […]

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Divorce in the UK: Plenty of Fault to Go Round

London, England Divorce Attorney Vanessa Lloyd Platt Here in Michigan, we have a “no fault” divorce system.  In many ways, the divorce process has been transformed into a largely administrative process that takes place outside the courtroom; this is a good thing. In the UK, from where our common law system is derived, the divorce process remains […]

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Gold Coats: Killers Caring For Killers

Photo from the NYT Currently, there are 1.6 million individuals incarcerated in the United States.  Ten percent of those inmates are serving life sentences, with another 11% in for more than 20-years.  Like the rest of America, the inmate population is aging and dementia is cropping up with alarming frequency in the penitentiary. Today’s Sunday […]

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Social Media Not Mixing with Jury Trials

It took some time, but now the cases are starting to pile-up.  This week’s WSJ treats us to a summary of recent “social media” eruptions in the jury trial context. The basic problem: a jury trial is conducted in accord with the applicable rules of evidence, court rules, and statutes.  When jurors log onto the Internet to […]

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Shariah Law and Divorce

In an unpublished decision released in the middle of last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals found fault with the Wayne County Family Court in a divorce case that touched on the application of Shariah law. Specifically, the Hammoud case involved the imposition of spousal support in a realaitively short-term marriage. The Court of Appeals […]

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