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Engineer charged with sending trade secrets to Iran

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Detroit have charged an engineer with sending corporate trade secrets to a brother in Iran.

Amin Hasanzadeh of Ypsilanti is also accused of lying on immigration forms by failing to disclose his service in the Iranian military. He has permanent resident status in the U.S., commonly referred to as a green card.
The FBI says the 42-year-old Hasanzadeh sent confidential documents to Iran while working at a Michigan company that serves the auto and aerospace industries. The government says his responsibilities included work on a supercomputer that had aerospace applications. The alleged scheme occurred in 2015 and 2016.

Hasanzadeh appeared in court Wednesday and asked for an attorney. He says he works at the University of Michigan. He’s in custody until a Friday hearing.


Michigan Supreme Court takes case of foreclosure windfalls

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer is warning that local governments in Michigan could face a financial calamity if forced to repay surplus cash from the sale of tax-foreclosed properties.

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday over a state law that allows treasurers to keep money left over after overdue property taxes are paid from a sale. Christina Martin, an attorney for two people in Oakland County, called it “stealing.”

Uri Rafaeli owed $8.41 on a rental property in Southfield. The bill grew to $285 with penalties and interest. Oakland County sold the house for $24,500 but refused to give him a dime, although the sale easily exceeded the overdue taxes.

John Bursch argued at the Supreme Court on behalf of the county. If the law seems unfair, he says the public can urge lawmakers to change it.


SBM and DBA Admissions Ceremony

 The Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan joins with the Detroit Bar Association to host the new attorney mass swearing in ceremony. Chief Judge Kenny will preside over the ceremony. Detroit Bar President Brian Summerfield will extend an invitation to the newly admitted attorneys to join the Detroit Bar free of charge for one year. New lawyers must register with the Wayne County Clerk’s office prior to the ceremony (take the original letter received from the Board of Law Examiners, along with a $25 filing fee in cash or money order to the office located in Room 201 of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center). This registration must be done in person. If registering the day of the ceremony, arrive at the clerk’s office no later than 9:30 a.m. For the ceremony, arrive no later than 12 p.m. at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

Visit https://www.detroitlawyer.org/admis sions-ceremony/ for complete details. For more information contact Belinda Roberts at Belinda. roberts@3rdcc.org or (313) 224-6700, or Zenell Brown at (313) 224-2236.


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