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Michigan Lawyer Receives Citation Over Black Lives Matter Sign Outside His Home

A lawyer from Michigan has received a citation over a Black Lives Matter sign outside his home, with police saying it violates a city ordinance.

Todd Russell Perkins, a lawyer from Grosse Pointe Shores near Detroit, nailed the sign to a tree outside his house in November.

Afterward, he received a police report warning ordering him to remove the sign as it violated a rule that there can be no political signs larger than seven square feet.

Police said they had received an anonymous complaint about the sign. Perkins said he wanted to know which neighbor had made the complaint and has argued he should have freedom of speech.

Speaking to Fox News, he said: “To announce it, to be able to say it, to be able to scream it from atop of a mountain is my right as an American.

“We can all agree that that’s greater than seven

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Cautious Optimism, Uncertainty as State Virus Cases Decline | Michigan News

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top Michigan health official said Tuesday she was cautiously optimistic that more residents took steps to combat the surging coronavirus last month, citing declining case rates, but warned that the spread remains significant and the effect of Thanksgiving will not be known for two to three weeks.

Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive and an adviser to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, urged people who traveled for the holiday to stay away from others for 14 days.

The Democratic governor, meanwhile, said it was too early to say if her administration will extend a three-week order that prevents high schools from offering in-person instruction, prohibits dine-in service at restaurants and closes various entertainment businesses. The restrictions are due to end in a week, Dec. 8.

Joe Vicari, who owns more than 20 Detroit-area restaurants, has urged other restaurant owners to defy

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ACLU of Michigan targets lame duck session for bipartisan criminal justice reform

Bipartisan leaders of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, House Speaker Lee Chatfield (left), Lt. Gov Garlin Gilchrist II, and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, work together to reform Michigan’s criminal justice system. (Photo: ACLU of Michigan)

Election Day is in the rearview, and outgoing lawmakers only have a few session days left to finish work on critical bills and urgent policy reforms. At the end of the calendar year, the legislature will adjourn and the two-year legislative session will come to a close. 

It’s among the most unpredictable times on the legislature’s calendar. Members will soon leave, due to term limits or the results of an election. Leadership in legislative chambers often changes (there will be a new Speaker of the House in January), and priorities with it.

Lansing insiders and political observers understand it’s a time typically known for controversial and unexpected developments.

At the

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Biden’s focus on climate change could mean jobs for Michigan

Within his first 100 days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to reenter the United States into the Paris climate agreement of 2015, an obtainable move among many of his proposed environmental plans that will be more difficult to achieve.

It’s a world-wide agreement to reduce carbon emissions that his former boss, President Barack Obama, helped to establish, and was quickly upended by his predecessor, President Donald Trump.

For those that are worried about climate change, the Trump presidency has been four years of concern over the lasting impact of environmental rollbacks and an Environmental Protection Agency that they say hasn’t always been environmentally friendly.

“Biden’s climate plan is the most aggressive that we’ve seen by far, both in the ambitions on the funding side, 100% clean energy and net-zero by 2050 goals,” said Mike Shriberg, Regional Executive Director, Great Lakes Regional Center for the National Wildlife Federation.

“It’s a

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Michigan cites restaurants and suspends liquor licenses to bars violating COVID-19 shutdown order

LANSING, MI – State departments are cracking down on some businesses violating a statewide order mandating all indoor drinking and dining shut down for three weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 after a spike in new cases.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued citations to restaurants and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has suspended liquor licenses to establishments in violation of the recent public health order Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The businesses that had liquor license suspensions include Cory’s Restaurant, doing business as Jimmy’s Roadhouse in Newaygo, Brew Works of Fremont and The Meeting Place in Fenton.

In addition, several restaurants were cited by the state, with penalties up to $1,000 per violation or day that a violation continues, the state said.

Those cited by the state include Woodchips BBQ in Lapeer, Big Boy of Sandusky and The Meeting Place in Fenton. The

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New Michigan law to wipe clean misdemeanors, minor offenses

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — New legislation under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will allow thousands of Michigan residents to get their misdemeanors removed from public record.

The seven-bill package, the “Clean Slate” laws, was passed by both the state House and Senate with bipartisan support. Under the legislation, misdemeanors will be automatically expunged seven years after sentencing, with felonies handled the same way 10 years after sentencing or the end of a sentence, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Supporters say the change will allow Michigan residents to seek better employment, apply for housing and have access to previously off-limits opportunities.


Drunken driving offenses, as well as crimes involving minors, vulnerable elders, assaults, forgery and embezzlement, and other more serious felonies and misdemeanors will not be automatically expunged, according to a governor’s office release.

Only up to two felonies and four misdemeanors are eligible for automatic expungement, and up to

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Attorneys from ADAM American Divorce Association for Men Represent Clients With Family Law Matters Across Michigan

(MENAFN – GetNews)

Southfield, MI – Family law-related matters are never easy to approach. All parties involved are affected in one way or another. However, men seem to be more on the receiving end, especially in family law-related cases. To ensure that men who are going through a tough time like divorce get the legal representation that they deserve, ADAM American Divorce Association for Men has opened its office to take on new cases.

At ADAM American Divorce Association for Men, men who are going through tough times and family law-related issues can rely on the experience and expertise of a group of highly qualified attorneys for men who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, alimony or spousal support, property division, post-judgment modifications, among other family law related matters.

‘Since 1988, we have provided aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising representation to our clients. We come

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Attorneys from ADAM American Divorce Association for Men Represent Clients With Family Law Matters Across Michigan – Press Release

Southfield, MI – Family law-related matters are never easy to approach. All parties involved are affected in one way or another. However, men seem to be more on the receiving end, especially in family law-related cases. To ensure that men who are going through a tough time like divorce get the legal representation that they deserve, ADAM American Divorce Association for Men has opened its office to take on new cases.

At ADAM American Divorce Association for Men, men who are going through tough times and family law-related issues can rely on the experience and expertise of a group of highly qualified attorneys for men who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, alimony or spousal support, property division, post-judgment modifications, among other family law related matters.

“Since 1988, we have provided aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising representation to our clients. We come to court prepared

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Michigan Certifies and Pennsylvania Tosses Trump Lawsuits

Delusional Trump Supporters Wrong Again

Republican National Committee had urged a delay in Michigan but it was another losing effort as the Board of Canvassers certifies Michigan’s election results.

The board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, met Nov. 23 to make the vote count official after all 83 Michigan counties certified their election results, which include Joe Biden’s 2.8% statewide victory over President Donald Trump. The state certification of the more than 5.5 million ballots cast comes after Trump and his attorneys and supporters persistently called for delaying certification. Board of State Canvasser Norman Shinkle abstained from the vote.

Christopher Thomas, a former Michigan Elections Director who came out of retirement to help oversee Detroit’s election process, took questions from the board and said the canvassers don’t have the authority to conduct or order investigations or audits of the count before certification.

Thomas said the board may

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GOP Election Lawyer Who Represented Bush in 2000 Says Michigan Must Certify Election for Biden

Prominent Republican election lawyer Benjamin Ginsburg, who represented former President George W. Bush during the infamous 2000 presidential election, said that Michigan “must” certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Midwestern state as Trump and some Republicans hope to overturn the results.



a group of people holding a sign: Trump supporters gather at the Michigan State Capitol for a "Stop the Steal" rally as President Donald Trump baselessly claimed voter fraud was behind his loss in the midwestern state, on November 14 in Lansing, Michigan


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Trump supporters gather at the Michigan State Capitol for a “Stop the Steal” rally as President Donald Trump baselessly claimed voter fraud was behind his loss in the midwestern state, on November 14 in Lansing, Michigan

The margin between Biden and Trump in Michigan is not close. The president-elect leads the incumbent by more than 150,000 votes (or 2.8 percent) and every Michigan county has now certified its results. But the Michigan Board of State Canvassers will meet on Monday afternoon to certify the state’s results. As the board is composed of two Republicans and two Democrats, with one of the two Republicans publicly parroting

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