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Jernigan named to Roscommon County Probate Court

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Monday the appointment of Mark Jernigan to the Roscommon County Probate Court.

“Mark Jernigan is a lifelong resident of Roscommon County who has served the county well as prosecuting attorney,” Snyder said. “I am confident he will continue to provide excellent public service in his new position.”

Jernigan, of Saint Helen, has served as the elected prosecuting attorney in Roscommon County since 2004. From 2001 to 2004, he served as an assistant county prosecutor in Roscommon.  He began his career in 1991 as an associate at Swanson Law offices in Houghton Lake and was in private practice in Roscommon County until joining the prosecutor’s office. As a private attorney, he handled many types of matters that come before the probate court. As a prosecutor, Jernigan has represented the state in both juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect matters before the probate court.

Jernigan is a volunteer coach for three sports at Roscommon High School, is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Roscommon County Bar Association, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, the Saint Helen Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding member of the Saint Helen Veterans’ Memorial Park.

After graduating as the 1984 valedictorian of Roscommon High School, Jernigan earned a bachelor’s degree from Alma College in 1988 and his law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1991.  He will be filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Douglas Dosson.

Jernigan must seek election in November 2018 for a full six-year term.


Mother sentenced to life for killing daughter  on girl’s 4th birthday

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan woman convicted of murder in the death of her daughter on the girl’s fourth birthday has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Daveeta Walker was sentenced Monday after a jury in September convicted her of murder and other crimes. Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein says Walker “more than earned” the sentence.

Kharisma was found dead in March. Walker says the child was in someone else’s care the previous night. There were scars, bruises and burns on Kharisma. Her death was due to complications from multiple injuries.


DMBA to host new lawyer admission  ceremony Nov. 9

The Detroit Metropolitan Bar  Association/ Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan new lawyer admission ceremony will take place Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 12:30 p.m. (check-in begins at noon) at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium in Detroit. All new attorneys who plan to take the oath at this ceremony must register online at www.detroitlawyer.org.  For additional information, contact Detroit Bar Executive Director Darlene Trudell at dtrudell@ detroitlawyer.org or 313-961-6120, ext. 201.


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