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The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
The Wayne County Probate Court will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4 and will reopen on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 a.m.
In observance of Independence Day, the 36th District Court will be closed to the public on Wednesday, July 4. Only criminal arraignments will be conducted. 
 
Man sues officers in 1992 murder case 
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man who spent more than a decade in prison in a 1992 killing before his murder conviction was overturned has filed lawsuit against officers in the case.
 
The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell and WHMI-FM report Daniel Albert Newman’s lawsuit was filed earlier this year in U.S. District in Detroit. It seeks compensatory and other damages.
Newman, now in his 40s, was convicted in the shooting death of Harvey Chappelear in Livingston County’s Hamburg Township, about 35 miles west of Detroit. Authorities said Newman killed Chappelear during a robbery, but the conviction was overturned following a 2008 federal appeals court decision.
 
The lawsuit against the township and two officers claims important evidence wasn’t disclosed to prosecutors. The township and its officers deny the claims.
 
Appeals court strikes down ban on stun guns 
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says the state can’t stop people from owning stun guns.
 
A three-judge panel at the court says the Michigan and U.S. constitutions allow people to bear arms. The court says a total prohibition on stun guns can't stand.
 
The decision released Wednesday involved cases from Bay City and Muskegon. In Bay City, a store employee was carrying a stun gun while he worked behind the counter. In Muskegon, a stun gun was seized from a man at his home.
 
A new Michigan law that takes effect in August would allow people to have stun guns if they also have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. That law was not at issue in the cases at the appeals court.
 
Jackson Lewis attorney named to magazine’s ‘most powerful’ list
Jackson Lewis LLP’s managing partner in the Detroit office, Maurice G. Jenkins was named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s list of Most Powerful Employment Attorneys for 2012. For the fifth consecutive year, Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon have collaborated on the guide to compile the leading employment lawyers in the U.S.  Attorneys are selected based on a rigorous nomination and research process in which thousands of employment and labor lawyers were considered for inclusion based on curriculum-vitae analyses, evaluations by clients and peers and reporting by the Lawdragon staff.