Daily Briefs (March 8)

Wayne Law to host  visiting Japanese judge, March 29

Judge Kentaro Ono of the Osaka District Court will present a lecture titled “An Introduction to Japanese Juvenile Delinquency Procedure” at 12:15 p.m. on March 29 in the third floor faculty lounge of the Law School.

“We are once again pleased to welcome Judge Ono to the Law School,” said Wayne Law Dean and Professor of Law Robert M. Ackerman. “His past observations on criminal procedure in the Japanese courts have provided Wayne Law students, faculty, staff and friends with a better understanding of our own legal system. We look forward to new observations and further discussion.”

Judge Ono is here as part of a special arrangement, which began in 2007 between Wayne Law, the Third Circuit Court of Michigan and the Supreme Court of Japan. The arrangement provides for a judge from the Japanese judicial system to visit Michigan to research and study the American judicial system, with a special emphasis on Michigan trial courts.

Judge Ono served on the Tokyo District Court as a judge from October 2005 through March 2008. In April 2008, he was appointed to the Sakai Branch of the Osaka District Court. He received his training as a legal apprentice from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided. For more information regarding this event, please contact the Law School Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933.


Appeals court says AG’s office must hand off case of ex-judge

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says the state attorney general’s office cannot handle the prosecution of a former judge who is charged with allowing perjury at a drug trial.

The attorney general’s office must hand the case to someone else because it once defended Mary Waterstone in a civil lawsuit with similar allegations.

Waterstone is charged with four felonies for her role in a Wayne County drug trial in 2005. She's accused of allowing witnesses to lie.

Former prosecutor Karen Plants and two suburban police officers are also charged in the case. It’s not clear how the court’s decision will affect them.

Waterstone, now retired, wants the charges dismissed, but the appeals court did not address that issue.


FBA to host ‘Building Relationships Between Bench and Bar’ lunch

The Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of Michigan Chapter (FBA) will host its Building Relationships Between the Bench and the Bar Book Discussion on Thursday, March 18, beginning at noon in the Judges’ Conference Center, room 722, at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit.

“The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days” by Karen Greenberg will be discussed.

There is no charge for FBA members and $5 per session for non-FBA members. Lunch will be offered for a $10 charge or attendees are welcome to bring their own.

To participate in the FBA Book Club, register online at www.fbamich.org or contact Brian D. Figot, FBA executive director, at (248) 358-0870 ext 11 or fbamich@fbamich.org.

For additional information on the book club, contact Andrew S. Doctoroff at (313) 465-7360 or adoctoroff@honigman.com.

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