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 Wrongful death suit filed vs. grandmother 

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit seeking at least $1 million has been filed against a 75-year-old Detroit-area woman who was convicted of killing her 17-year-old grandson.

The lawsuit was filed recently in Oakland County Circuit Court against Sandra Layne and her husband by a representative of Jonathan Hoffman's estate.
Layne’s attorney Jerome Sabbota tells the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News that he’s not surprised by the lawsuit. Sabbota notes that Layne’s husband wasn’t charged in the killing.
Hoffman was shot six times, including twice in the back, in West Bloomfield Township in 2012. Layne said she shot him out of fear during a physical altercation, but a jury rejected her claim of self-defense and
convicted her of second-degree murder.

Layne was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison.

House votes to let prosecutors carry  in gun-free zones 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has voted to let prosecutors, corrections officers and certain retired law enforcement officers carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones.
Supporters say legislation approved Tuesday and headed to the Senate is needed because the individuals have a greater risk of being harmed by people seeking retribution.

Under existing law, those with concealed weapons permits may openly carry guns in schools, hospitals, sports arenas and other gun-free zones. But it’s illegal to carry concealed weapons in those places.
The bills would authorize current and former county prosecutors, county jail guards, active or retired state corrections officers, retired federal law enforcement officers, and retired probation and parole officers to conceal carry in gun-free zones.

Clark Hill attorney Paul S. Magy honored by Order of DeMolay

Clark Hill Attorney Paul S. Magy is being honored by the International Order of DeMolay and is being inducted into its Legion of Honor. DeMolay is the  Masonic sponsored  youth organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead responsible and productive lives contributing to society.  
Magy has been actively involved in his faith, having served as president of his synagogue, Adat Shalom in Farmington Hills, Michigan and having served the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the Chairman of its Rabbinical School Board. He has demonstrated  leadership in his  profession as a commercial real estate attorney by serving as Michigan State Director of the International Council of Shopping Centers and National Chairman of its Legal Advisory Council. Magy is also the current President of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Metro Detroit. He has been active in the government relations functions on the state and federal levels for each organization. 

Magy is a member of Clark Hill’s Real Estate Practice Group. 


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