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Judge tells Detroit paper to give up documents in lawsuit

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered the Detroit Free Press to turn over any documents that might identify the source of a story about a federal prosecutor in 2004.
Federal Judge Robert Cleland also ordered the newspaper Tuesday to make someone other than the reporter available for a deposition.
Richard Convertino says his privacy was violated when a Justice Department ethics probe was disclosed to a reporter. He’s pursuing the identity of the leaker as part of his lawsuit against the government.
Free Press attorney Herschel Fink says the newspaper will comply with the order. He declined to comment about the content of any documents.
Reporter David Ashenfelter won’t name his source, invoking his right against self-incrimination. The newspaper says only Ashenfelter knows the source.
Convertino no longer is a prosecutor.


Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus to host event in honor of Dr. King

Cooley Law School’s Diversity Committee and Student Bar Association will host the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at the Auburn Hills campus Jan. 21. The program will include a breakfast at 9 a.m., a non-denominational prayer service conducted by Pastor Tim Stotler at 9:30 a.m., and a panel discussion at 10 a.m. The panel discussion, titled “Civil Rights Challenges Facing Individuals in their Communities,” will feature:
• Dewnya Bazzi, attorney at Romanzi Atnip, P.C. and president of Michigan Muslim Bar Association
• Tim Cordes, attorney at Nesi and Associates, P.C. and president of the Stonewall Bar Association of Michigan
• Marla A. Linderman, attorney at Linderman Law, P.C. and president-elect of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
• Rona M. Lum, corporate immigration attorney at Law Offices of Rona M. Lum, P.C.
• David S. Maquera, senior attorney at DTE Energy and president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan
• Rasul Raheem, senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Bank of America and president-elect of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association.
Classes at the Auburn Hills campus will be suspended for the day so interested individuals can attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program and participate in the volunteer activities. Following the panel discussion, students, faculty, and staff will participate in community service work at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac and the Detroit City Rescue Mission.


Holiday Hours

The Third Circuit Court Civil and Family Divisions will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Wayne County Probate Court will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21 and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m.

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