Daily Briefs

Ann Arbor family in court over treehouse

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan family is fighting with city officials over the legality of a large wooden treehouse.

The Ann Arbor News reports that a judge has instructed Ann Arbor residents Tamar Boyadjian and Greg Douglas to bring their treehouse up to code by Friday or take it down.

Boyadjian says the family has made numerous changes to the structure and paid multiple fines.

The city took the issue to court last year after complaints from neighbors regarding the structure. Officials say they’re enforcing the city’s building and zoning codes.

Boyadjian alleges she’s being unfairly prosecuted. She says her neighbors have a history of complaining about her family, including reporting loud music or their trash cans being on the curb for too long.

The issue will be reviewed in court Sept. 7.


Lawsuit seeks placement of voting measure on ballot

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group backing a Michigan initiative to allow same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the state certify the measure for November’s ballot.

Promote the Vote — which includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan — and three voters sued Wednesday. They accuse state election officials of improperly rejecting some signatures pulled in a 500-signature sample.

Because the first sample determined it is a “close call,” a larger sample of 3,000 to 4,000 signatures was pulled.

Promote the Vote says it has sworn affidavits from people saying their signatures are genuine. It says it sued now because it will have little time to investigate, respond to or correct anticipated errors in the second sample before a Sept. 7 deadline to certify ballot proposals.


Detroit loses appeal over graffiti blamed  on Shepard Fairey

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has failed to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate vandalism charges against graffiti artist Shepard Fairey.

The appeals court says the city failed to show that Fairey was personally responsible for tagging buildings with posters of his work. The court on Tuesday affirmed a decision to dismiss charges of malicious destruction of property.

Fairey was in Detroit in 2015 to complete a commissioned project. He was accused of putting posters on various buildings, but police had no witnesses and investigators acknowledged that the art could have been on walls before Fairey’s visit.

The appeals court says “several holes in the prosecution’s evidentiary canvas doom its case.”


Wayne State University Law Alumni Happy Hour

The Wayne Law Alumni Happy Hour  will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, September 21 at Tony V’s Tavern, 5756 Cass Ave. in Detroit. The event includes light appetizers and is free (with a cash bar) but registration is required. Register at https://events. wayne.edu/law/.