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WMU-Cooley to host panel discussion on criminal system
WMU-Cooley Law School’s Criminal Law Society will host a panel discussion, “Free to Speak: Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” Ken Wyneimko, who was the first person exonerated under Michigan’s post-conviction DNA testing law, will speak during the event, which has been developed to educate those in attendance on how to correctly interpret statutes, examine evidence and navigate the criminal system.

In addition to Wyneimko, other panelists include State Appellate Defenders Valerie Newman, Christine Pagac and Gail Pamukov Miller. The discussion will be moderated by WXYZ TV’s Bill Proctor.

In 2003, WMU-Cooley’s Innocence Project won the release and exoneration of Wyneimko.

The panel will be held from 12-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus.

Michigan regulators ordered back to court on banned beer label
DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a federal judge to reopen a dispute over a beer that was temporarily banned by Michigan liquor commissioners.

The court says commissioners aren’t immune to a lawsuit by Flying Dog Brewery, based in Frederick, Maryland. The brewery claims its First Amendment rights were violated when the Liquor Control Commission rejected an ale with a name that's offensive to some people, Raging B----.

The ban was lifted in 2011 after 18 months due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a different case. The brewery says it lost money during the time the label was prohibited.
The decision Friday means the case will return to federal court in Grand Rapids.

Appeals court Judge Karen Nelson Moore says it’s clear that Flying Dog’s rights were violated.

Man accused in Ponzi scheme faces up to 20 years in prison
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 32-year-old man who authorities say ran a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of millions of dollars faces sentencing in April.

The attorney general’s office says Joel Wilson was convicted of all six charges in Bay City on Thursday in the securities fraud case. A racketeering charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is April 27.
Defense attorney Matthew S. Kolodziejski says Wilson’s business was legitimate and naturally failed.

Wilson was the owner of The Diversified Group Advisory Fund LLC. He was extradited from Germany last year after being charged in Michigan.
In July, company employee Mary Faher of Stevensville pleaded no-contest to securities fraud. Her sentencing is Monday. In June, Shawn Dicken of Bay City was sentenced to prison for her role in the scheme.