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Statutory Rape: Sexual Abuse of Teenage Boys by Older Women

Statutory rape

In March of this year, 38-year-old Brooke L. Lajiness, of Lima Township appeared in court for 13 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of accosting a minor for immoral purposes, and one count of furnishing obscenity to a child.

All for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.
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Posted in Criminal Sexual Conduct, Rape

Price Fixing and the Law: What You Need To Know

Price fixing

Do you know you can get up to $70 back from the dairy industry if you’ve purchased any milk product in the state of Michigan since 2003?

Why would anyone just give you money for having purchased milk?

It’s because the dairy industry in Michigan and 14 other states has been slapped with a class action lawsuit for price fixing.

What is Price Fixing?

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Posted in Federal Charges

Title IX and Discrimination: What You Need To Know

Title IX and Discrimination

Michigan State University continues to be under scrutiny this year following the arrest of MSU sports medicine, Dr. Larry Nassar. He has been charged with criminal sexual assault and has had many gymnasts.

Former gymnasts are adding their voice to a growing number of plaintiffs in a civil suit against him for sexual assault. Many of those cases are too old to be prosecuted as criminal assault.

In addition, a total of fifteen MSU football players have been suspended. Three of them are involved in a sexual assault investigation that started in January.
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Posted in Criminal Sexual Conduct, News

Irresistible Impulse Defense: What You Need To Know

Irresistible Impulse Defense

On March 30th, 1981, the Oscars award ceremony was postponed to the following night for only the third time in its entire history.

Why is this relevant to a law blog?

Because John Hinckley Jr., who shot at President Reagan in an attempt to get the attention of actress Jodie Foster. He used a temporary insanity defense for shooting the then president and never went to jail.
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Posted in Criminal Law

Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Law

Safe Delivery of Newborns - Hope

Are you pregnant, about to give birth and not sure what to do? Did your partner suddenly change his mind and decide not to support you?

Maybe you’re just scared and you feel like you have no one to turn to. This situation is dangerous for mothers and babies. But there’s help for you – even in what feels like an emergency situation.
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Posted in Murder, News

Burden of Proof and How It Affects You

Burden of Proof

Those of us who are old enough remember the OJ Simpson trial very well. We remember seeing the white Bronco on the LA freeways in a low-speed chase with police. We remember the trial that lasted for a long time and the court drawings that made their way on our TV screens night after night.

We also remember the televised moment when OJ Simpson was declared “not guilty” of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman.
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Posted in News

Bench Trial: Should You Choose a Judge or Jury?

When to Choose a Bench Trial

Did you know that you don’t have to be tried by a jury of your peers?

Of course, every American citizen is entitled to be tried by a jury, unless he or she has committed a minor offense. Even if you are charged with a more serious crime, it might be in your best interest to waive your right to a trial by jury. In that case, you would be tried in a bench trial.
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Posted in Felony Charges

Abuse of Process: Dad’s By Default and Michigan Law

Abuse of Process: Dad's By Default and Michigan Law

Have you heard of abuse of process?

Reginald Whitlow, Anthony Sims, and Carnell Alexander are all Michigan men who have been named as the father of children they didn’t conceive. Their lives have been ruined by the legal action taken against them to make them pay for these children.

Under Michigan law, this is legal and State Representative Jim Runestad, a representative of White Lake, is promising new bills to put an end to this practice and protect men who are innocent of not paying child support.
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Posted in News

Abuse of Discretion: What You Need To Know

Abuse of discretion

What if you are serving time for a crime that you did, but you feel your trial went so badly and that the judge misunderstood your situation completely?

Is there legal recourse – a place in the law – which holds even judges accountable?

Can the outcome of such trials be changed?

The answer is, yes. The United States law does provide a way for the action of judges to be scrutinized. The legal definition is called “Abuse of Discretion.”

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Posted in Appeals

The Surprising Truth About Parole Boards – Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

The Surprising Truth About Parole Boards

In 1977, Reynaldo Rodriguez shot and killed a man as part of an ongoing family feud. It was a man named Robert Cuellar, whom he believed had shot at Rodriguez’s mother and brother.

At the time, Rodriguez was 19 and had a young son. The judge gave him a choice after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder: a 15-30 year sentence, with parole probably coming in about 12 years or a life sentence with parole eligibility in about 10 years.
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Posted in News