Daily Briefs

Lawsuit accuses opera singer David Daniels of sexual assault

DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit alleging sexual assault has been filed against opera singer David Daniels, who is also a University of Michigan professor.

A student at the university claims in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Daniels groped him, sent sexual photos and videos of himself, and requested sexual photos and videos of the student in return.

The lawsuit also alleges that Daniels served the student alcohol, gave him sleep medication and touched him sexually.

The lawsuit claims a Michigan faculty member became aware of the alleged sexual assault and reported it to the university’s Office of Institutional Equity, but that the student has not been contacted by the office.

Daniels did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Daniels is on leave from Michigan amid claims he sexually assaulted a performer nearly a decade ago. He denied the allegation.


Recent Michigan candidate charged over campaign literature

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A recent candidate for Michigan Senate is facing a misdemeanor charge related to campaign literature that prosecutors say falsely identified her as the incumbent.

The Ann Arbor News reports Anuja Rajendra of Ann Arbor, who lost a four-way Democratic primary race in August, is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 13 on the charge that’s listed in court records as “wrongful use” of “incumbency designation.”

Michael Steinberg, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said the ACLU is defending Rajendra and will seek to have the charge dismissed. He says she “never intended to convey that she was an incumbent” and it’s “disturbing” she’s facing a charge punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

The Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office isn’t elaborating on details of the charge.


SBM’s?‘Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice’ Seminar Nov. 1

Join colleagues from the State Bar of Michigan for the semi-annual seminar titled “Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, November 1 at State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St. in Lansing.

The seminar features presentations on how to maintain mutually beneficial client relationships, draft effective fee agreements, manage lawyer trust accounts, analyze ethical issues, and use innovative techniques and technology for effective law office management. The cost is $100 for attorneys licensed to practice less than five years, including law students and unlicensed graduates; and $125 for attorneys licensed to practice five years or more. The registration fee includes seminar materials, a continental breakfast, and buffet lunch.

Register online or by mailing or faxing the form before October 30. For more information contact Karen Spohn with the Professional Standards Division at (517) 346-6309 or kspohn@ michbar.org.