Daily Briefs (Feb 4)

Jaffe associate named to board of directors of the ‘field Zone
Ché B. Peterson, an associate with Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., was recently appointed to the board of directors for the ‘field Zone, a Southfield nonprofit youth center.

The youth center serves as a fun, safe, drug and violence free environment where teens are welcome to hang out and become involved with a variety of positive activities.

Located on the campus of the Southfield Civic Center, directly below the Southfield Pavilion, the ‘field Zone has numerous recreational resources available such as baseball diamonds, volleyball and tennis courts and a public pool. The ‘field Zone serves as a type of “hub” for community activity. Middle school and high school students attending City of Southfield and Lathrup Village schools are allowed to attend.

Peterson is a member of the firm’s real estate practice group. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Michigan State University and is a cum laude graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, where he served as president of the Wolverine Student Bar Association from 2007 to 2008. He is a member of the State bar of Michigan, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan and the American Bar Association.

Life in prison for teenager in carjacking, kidnapping and killing
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the carjacking, kidnapping and killing of a 21-year-old Macomb County man.

The sentence, given Thursday by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski, was expected after 18-year-old Robert Taylor’s murder conviction in December.

Taylor’s co-defendant in the case, Ihab Maslamani, also has been convicted of Matthew Landry’s slaying. Landry was kidnapped at random in August 2009 in an Eastpointe sub shop parking lot and held before being shot in the head. His body was found inside a vacant Detroit house.

DUI charge reinstated in case where cop read lips of motorist
SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) — Eye contact and reading lips are enough to allow police in Michigan to pull over a suspected drunken driver.

The Michigan appeals court has reinstated a charge against a man who was stopped only after a motorist signaled to a state trooper near a Southgate bar on St. Patrick’s Day 2008.

Trooper Christopher Bommarito says he stopped Shaun Barbarich after another motorist pointed, made eye contact and mouthed the words “almost hit me.” The trooper says he read her lips but never talked to her.

The decision released Wednesday was 2-1. Dissenting Judge Elizabeth Gleicher says people now will be empowered to target certain motorists for police searches. She says it violates the Constitution.

Defense lawyer Greg Boulahanis says he’ll consider an appeal to the state Supreme Court.