Daily Briefs

Court affirms decision against Michigan in welfare dispute

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled against the state of Michigan in a dispute over cutting off public aid to some people accused of crimes.

In 2015, a federal judge in Ann Arbor said the state can’t stop food aid and other benefits unless someone is intentionally fleeing and is being actively pursued by police.

Judge Judith Levy had put limits on a Michigan policy that was causing severe hardships, especially when law enforcement databases contained wrong or misleading information.

In a 3-0 decision Thursday, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati affirmed Levy’s ruling. The class-action lawsuit has affected thousands of people.


Judge can’t run as incumbent for different seat, court says

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says a judge who is trying to get around an age limit and stay in office can’t be listed as an incumbent for a different seat.

Peter O’Connell can’t run for re-election in 2018 because he’ll be 70. So he’s been suing the state to try to get his name on the ballot this year as an incumbent for another seat. A victory would extend his service on the appeals court.

But that court said Thursday that “incumbent” is linked to a specific office — and O’Connell can’t be the incumbent for a seat now held by Judge Michael Gadola.

The Detroit News says the appeals court made its ruling Thursday.


MDTC to host 2016 Meet The Judges reception October 6

MDTC invites you to Meet The Judges from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Road in Novi. The reception will provide an opportunity for members of the judiciary and bar to interact in a friendly and relaxed environment, free of the stresses of the courtroom.

Justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeals, and Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne County Circuit Courts, U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts, Tribal Appellate Court justices and Tribal Court judges have been invited to attend this event.

The event is free to all judicial attendees, $85 for members (member rates apply to staff of MDTC members), and $135 for non-members which includes membership fee.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and an open bar will be provided. Capacity is limited. Find the link to registration at www. mdtc.org.