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Snyder appoints Sabree to 36th District Court

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday the appointment of Aliyah Sabree to 36th District Court in Detroit.

“Aliyah has already accumulated a wealth of experience in her career and I’m confident that her dedication to public service will continue to serve Detroit residents well in her new position,” Snyder said.

Sabree currently serves as associate general counsel for the City of Detroit Water & Sewerage Department. Prior to that she worked in Government Affairs for the Mayor of Detroit from 2014-2017. She began her career in 2010 at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office where she served in the Community Prosecution Unit handling armed robbery, carjacking, assault, and homicide cases.

Sabree is a member of the Wolverine Bar Association. She serves as finance chair and treasurer of the Detroit Institute of Arts – Friends of African and African American Art. Aliyah is also an active member of the Detroit community. She serves as an advisory board member for the Boll Family YMCA.

Sabree earned her bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Youngstown State University and her law degree in 2010 from Michigan State University College of Law. She is the great-granddaughter of Michigan civil rights activist Daisy Elliott, who co-authored Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Sabree fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Prentis Edwards, Jr. She must seek election in November 2018 for a full term.


Courts: Custody case judge unaware father was sex offender

DETROIT (AP) — A spokesman says a Michigan judge wasn’t aware of a sex offender’s criminal background when he granted the man joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12.

Michigan Supreme Court spokesman John Nevin told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross didn’t know 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo had two criminal sexual conduct convictions, including one concerning the woman.

Nevin says the judge put the order on hold Tuesday after learning of Mirasolo’s criminal past.

The case started when the 21-year-old mother sought state assistance for her 8-year-old son.

Ross issued an order last month granting the woman sole physical custody and Mirasolo joint legal custody after DNA tests showed he was the child’s biological father. Mirasolo’s lawyer says Mirasolo never sought the order.


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