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Rare Federal Marijuana Conviction

The Department of Justice under President Obama has stood down from conducting prosecutions of local pot farmers in the wake of decriminalization, medical marijuana laws, and outright legalization. That is why the recent conviction of a Marshal man claiming a First Amendment freedom of religion right is surprising. Branden Barnes claimed he was a native […]

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Divorced Catholics

According to the catechism of the Catholic church, a divorced person is forbidden from receiving the sacrament of holy communion unless they have their marriage annulled.  For many Catholics whose marriages produced children and lasted decades, the annulment part is a big problem. Last week, a synod of Catholic bishops from across the globe convened […]

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Minor in Possession and Contempt of Court

Our law firm has experience representing students and young people in charges known as “minor in possession” of alcohol. It is a misdemeanor for a person under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol. Over the past half-decade, some college towns -East Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Ann Arbor to name a few- have developed […]

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FOC Referee’s Custody Change Ruled Unconstitutional

Many times, representing parents in custody disputes, our lawyers note the blurred lines between parenting time and custody. Legal concepts such as the existence of an “established custodial environment”, legal and physical custody, and the what is in the “best interests of the child” come into play. Disputes, and the evidence that goes along with […]

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