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County prosecutor charged with crimes related to prostitution

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Ingham County prosecutor has been arrested and charged with prostitution-related crimes and willful neglect of duty.

Court records show Stuart Dunnings III is charged with engaging the services of a prostitute in Ingham County.

Separately, he's charged with the same crime next door in Ionia County.

Dunnings is lodged at the Ingham County jail. There was no immediate comment from his office.

The 63-year-old Democrat has been prosecutor in Ingham County, the home of Michigan's state capital, for nearly 20 years.


Democrats: Snyder should pay his own criminal defense fees

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting more pressure on Gov. Rick Snyder to use his own money to pay for projected $1.2 million in legal fees related to Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis.

Democratic House Minority Leader Tim Greimel threatened to do his part to strip at least $800,000 from the executive office budget if Snyder doesn’t voluntarily foot the bill.

Flint was being run by a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched in 2014 to the Flint River. The corrosive river water caused lead to leach from aging pipes into some homes.
Attorney General Bill Schuette has hired a team to conduct a criminal probe. No criminal charges have been filed against Snyder.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler says a private legal defense fund isn’t required, and that using public money is “appropriate.”


High school students can experience ‘Moot Court’ through program

This summer, high school students can experience what it’s like to argue a case before the Michigan Supreme Court, thanks to a program being offered by the Court’s Learning Center.
Rachael Drenovsky, the Learning Center’s coordinator, explained the program features participation in a “moot court,” in which participants prepare and argue a case.

“The goal is to have participants learn about the legal system, and sharpen the skills a good lawyer needs: reasoning, writing, and oral presentation,” said Drenovsky.

The moot court case involves police entering the backyard of a suspected marijuana grow house without a warrant.

Participants will discuss protections the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides and whether these actions, which led to the issuance of a search warrant, were constitutional. Participants will meet and work with attorneys and other legal professionals; presenters will include members of the judiciary. The program will be held at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing.

“Exploring Careers in the Law,” is open to students entering grades 10 through 12 in fall 2016 and 2016 graduates. Participants meet July 18–22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The application deadline is May 27, 2016. The registration fee is a $75 donation to the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Learning Center Fund.

Registration is limited to 22 participants, selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Rachael L. Drenovsky at 517-373-5027 or drenovskyr@courts.mi.gov.


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