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Ingham County prosecutor resigns over prostitution charges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prosecutor is resigning from office after being charged with hiring prostitutes hundreds of times and paying for sex with a woman who wanted help in a child custody dispute.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III submitted a letter of resignation to county officials on Tuesday, effective July 2. He is taking a medical leave of absence until then and says he won't run for re-election this year. He didn't give details in the letter about medical issues.

The 63-year-old Dunnings — who has been the elected Democratic prosecutor in Michigan's capital area for nearly 20 years — has been charged with using the services of prostitutes, enticing a woman to become a prostitute and willful neglect of duty.

The case developed from tips during a federal human-trafficking investigation.


Court: Man should have been allowed to argue self-defense

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says a man convicted of carrying a concealed weapon should have been able to argue self-defense to justify his use of a utility knife.

Court records say Jason Triplett threatened to use his utility knife against two men who had stopped their vehicle when they saw Triplett and his wife fighting on the side of the road in 2012.

An Allegan County judge instructed the jury that although self-defense applied to felonious assault, it was not a defense to the carrying a concealed weapon charge. The jury acquitted Triplett of felonious assault, but convicted him of domestic violence and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Holland Sentinel reports the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict, but the Michigan Supreme Court on Monday overturned the weapons conviction.


Registration open for June 6 Wayne Law Golf Outing

Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2016 Wayne Law Golf Outing, set for Monday, June 6, at the Country Club of Detroit.

The outing brings together alumni and friends of Wayne State University Law School for a day of golf and to fund an endowed student scholarship.

Country Club of Detroit is at 220 Country Club Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms. Check-in on the day of the scramble-format event for foursomes is set for 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a 1 p.m. shotgun start. A cocktail reception and dinner will follow play, as will presentations of golfer awards and a scholarship award.

To register or complete sponsorship online, or to download registration and sponsorship forms, visit law.wayne.edu/golf. For more details, contact Matt Cunningham at 313-577-0749 or mc10@wayne.edu.


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