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August 2012 Archives

Michigan man denied bond for having sex while a teenager

When judges decide who is and is not eligible for bond, they generally look to see who will be a threat to society. Though there is no hard and fast rule about who is and who is not eligible, judges often don't deny bond unless there is a good reason. In this case, however, it is unclear just whether a judge's reason for denying a 22-year-old Saginaw man's bond as he awaits an appellate court's decision was truly for good reason.

Ochocino arrested for allegedly head butting wife

We have covered numerous times the problems that come with being arrested and charged with domestic violence. While the American legal system insists that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, many people in Grand Rapids know that there are certain people for whom it is reversed: they are guilty until proven innocent. People in the public eye, such as famous athletes, are often assumed to be guilty the moment an accusation comes out.

Michigan activists push for more super drunk convictions

In Michigan and across the country, there is a lot of moral condemnation of drunk driving. When people are convicted of drunk driving, it comes with considerable negative assumptions about the individual and his or her behavior. In reality, some of the people who are convicted of operating while intoxicated may have had just one drink too many. That has not stopped some people from talking about how upset they are that there aren't more drunk driving convictions.

Felony conviction hinges on whether man was seriously injured

The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor conviction lies in the hand of a visiting Saginaw County circuit judge after a suspended Michigan State Police officer was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury and is also facing charges under the Michigan Super Drunk law. The officer had asked that the felony charged be dropped, but the county's chief circuit judge said the question of whether the man the trooper allegedly hit was seriously injured needed to be decided by the trier of fact.

Facebook video leads to arrest of 2 teenagers for murder

There is a new story emerging about the lengths police will go to investigate crimes. Two teenagers, 17- and 18-years-old, have recently been charged with first degree murder following the death of a 62-year-old man. In order to be charged with such a serious crime, police need to have substantial and credible evidence of these teenagers' involvement in the crime. What they actually have, however, calls into question whether prosecutors had sufficient evidence to charge the teens.

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