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September trial planned for Trey Songz if no plea agreement

DETROIT (AP) — A September trial is planned for singer Trey Songz if he can’t reach a deal with prosecutors to reduce a felony assault charge stemming from a concert in Detroit.

Songz appeared Thursday via video in Wayne County Circuit Court. A trial is scheduled Sept. 12 and court conference is May 31.

Defense lawyer Charles Longstreet II tells The Detroit News there’s a “50/50” chance of the case being resolved through a plea agreement for Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson.

The 32-year-old R&B artist was charged in December with aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer. Authorities say microphones and speakers were thrown from the Joe Louis Arena stage. A police sergeant was punched.

Police have said Songz became upset when told to end his performance.


Social media and fake news to be discussed at Cooley panel event

As “fake news” and social media  quickly become words often used in conversation and heard on the daily news, WMU-Cooley Law School and the Michigan Capital Chapter, American Society for Public Administration are hosting the panel discussion “Social Media the Ethics of Fake News.” The conversation, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m., March 22, at the law school’s Lansing campus.

WMU-Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc will present the opening remarks and the panel discussion will be moderated by Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Senior Policy Advisor Meegan Holland. Panelists include:

• Martha Moore, professor and auxiliary dean, WMU-Cooley

• Emily Lawler, Capitol reporter, Mlive

• John Lindstrom, publisher, Gongwer News Service


Seltzer on panel of experts for ICLE  webinar on legal malpractice claims 

Attorney Phillip E. Seltzer, a principal and shareholder of Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer, Garin, P.C., was selected by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) to be on a panel of experts for a webinar titled “Identify and Pursue Legal Malpractice Claims.” Posted on ICLE.org, the webinar is available for member viewing and provides continuing legal education credits.

The overall theme of the webinar addresses identifying legal malpractice as a claim, the elements necessary to sustain such a claim, and the available defenses that may bar or defeat such an action.

Seltzer is an AV-Preeminent rated attorney who is recognized nationwide for his work in defending legal malpractice claims. Seltzer also defends professionals in other fields. He has served as a hearing officer for the Character and Fitness Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, has published numerous articles and has publicly presented on a variety of topics regarding the defense of legal malpractice claims.


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