Daily Briefs (June 15)

Today is last day to vote in 2010 State Bar of Michigan elections
It is time to vote in the 2010 State Bar of Michigan elections. This year, elections are being held for positions on the Board of Commissioners, Representative Assembly, Young Lawyers Executive Council, and the Judicial Tenure Commission.

All active members are eligible to vote in the Judicial Tenure Commission election. Eligibility to vote in the other contested elections is dependent upon your address of record. Your ballot will reflect the elections for which you are eligible to vote.

The primary means of voting in this year’s election is electronic. This process will allow all active members to vote securely online at the State Bar of Michigan website. The new process saves money, is more environmentally conscious, and will be more convenient for members.

SBM members who currently have e-mail addresses on file will receive an e-mail with internet voting instructions. SBM members who do not have an e-mail address on file will receive a paper ballot in the mail.

Paper ballots must be postmarked by June 15, 2010. Electronic voting ends at 12 midnight EST on June 15, 2010. Results of the elections will be posted on the State Bar of Michigan website in July.

Convicted killer waiting on clemency petition
BATTLE CREEK (AP) — The Michigan parole board has not acted in the case of a convicted killer from Calhoun County whose clemency petition has the support of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

Prisons spokesman Russ Marlan says Tom Cress’ case did not come up last Friday but could be on the agenda in two weeks.

The parole board will decide whether to recommend freedom for Cress, convicted 25 years ago in the slaying of a teenage girl.

The Michigan Supreme Court refused to grant a new trial despite no physical evidence against Cress and the subsequent confession of another man.

Cress spoke to the parole board in March, joined by lawyers from the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan law school.

The prosecutor is opposed to clemency, a decision that would be up to Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Meet the candidate event to be held for Judge Lita Popke
The Committee To Re-Elect Judge Lita Popke Wayne County Circuit Court Judge is hosting a meet-the-candidate event Thursday June 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the WAH-HOO Restaurant located at 536 Shelby in Detroit.

Guests include Hon. Arthur Lombard, Hon. Maria Oxholm, Hon. Muriel Hughes, Hon. Charlene Elder, Hon. Connie Kelley, Hon. Kathleen McCarthy, Hon. Eric Cholack, Hon. James Chylinski, Hon. Mary Beth Kelly and Court of Appeals Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly. A $100 donation is requested.

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