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Court: Lawyer may seek costs in FOIA dispute

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court says an attorney who requested video surveillance from two businesses through the city of Dearborn in a misdemeanor case can seek compensation for related costs.

The Detroit News reports James Amberg requested copies under the Freedom of Information Act of footage that Dearborn police gathered. The city initially refused, saying it couldn't be subject to FOIA since the recordings weren't public records.

After Amberg sued, the city turned over the recordings and asked to end the case. The Michigan Supreme Court justices wrote in an opinion filed Tuesday that "the fact that the documents were created by private entities does not insulate them from FOIA."

The case now returns to Wayne County Circuit Court, which can consider whether Amberg is entitled to costs and fees.

Mom charged for giving sons pot fo­r medical reasons

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) - A woman from Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula faces child abuse and other charges after authorities say she gave her 10- and 12-year-old sons marijuana for medical reasons.

The 31-year-old woman from the Wexford County village of Mesick had a pretrial conference Tuesday in 84th District Court in Cadillac. A next court date wasn't set. She's charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana as well as two counts of third-degree child abuse.

Wexford County Prosecutor Anthony Badovinac tells the Cadillac News the woman gave the 10-year-old marijuana to help with emotional issues and the 12-year-old marijuana to treat ADHD.

Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014


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