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Ginsburg's body to lie in repose at court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (all times local):

11:44 a.m.

The body of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court this week, with arrangements to allow for public viewing despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Ginsburg's casket will be on public view Wednesday and Thursday under the portico at the top of the iconic steps in front of the building. A private ceremony will take place at the court on Wednesday morning.

House Speaker Nancy Pelsosi announced that Ginsburg will lie in state in the Capitol's Statuary Hall on Friday. That ceremony will be open only to invited guests, Pelosi said.

Ginsburg will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery in a private service, the court said.


Virtual panel to discuss Detroit Police Commission Sept. 24

The Levin Center in partnership with the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State Law School is hosting a virtual panel discussion titled “Detroit Police Commission Past and Present: Detroit’s Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Historical Context.”

Panelists will include U.S. District Court Judge (ret.) Avern Cohn, Detroit Police Commissioner Evette Griffie (District 2), and Tawana Petty, Director, Data Justice Program, Detroit Community Technology Project. 

The panelists shall discuss the evolution of the Detroit Police Commission and community concerns with respect to policing; the changing role of civilian oversight of the police in Detroit; and current issues facing the Commission.  

This panel shall take place via webinar on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 12:15 pm until 1:30 pm, and the public may RSVP on the Levin Center at Wayne Law School’s website to attend this virtual panel, https://rsvp.wayne.edu/levin-center-police-commission-panel.


East Lansing 54B District Court launches Virtual Counter

The East Lansing 54B District Court recently announced the implementation of its new Virtual Counter.

The Virtual Counter operates as a live chat session and is offered in addition to the court’s phone, email and in-person services. It also provides video and phone options via Zoom, which has become a mainstay for the court’s remote operations.

The court implemented the Virtual Counter to increase its accessibility, while also keeping the public’s safety and needs in mind. The Virtual Counter is available to typical users of court services, such as attorneys, parties, self-represented litigants, the general public and more.

 The Virtual Counter is available to the public Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., and is managed by court staff, who determine the appropriate staff member to address the user’s inquiry.
 Information on accessing the Virtual Counter can be found on the court’s website at www.54BDistrictCourt.com.


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