Little jail time is received in high-profile elder abuse convictions

Little jail time is received in high-profile elder abuse convictions

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Only three people have received prison time in 19 high-profile cases investigated by Genesee County's Elder Abuse Exploitation task force.

The Flint Journal reports that 12 of those cases were pleaded down from felonies to misdemeanors. The remaining four are working through the court system.

Task force executive director Diane Nims tells the newspaper that her office obtained 377 felony warrants since its 2007 inception. None went to trial. County Sheriff Robert Pickell says it's unclear how many involved prison time.

First-degree elder abuse is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Prosecutor David Leyton says often people charged with elder abuse are first-time offenders. He says they would have received shorter sentences even if their cases had made it to trial.

Michigan Chapter of the ACS holds program on health care reform

The Michigan Chapter of the American Constitution Society will present a program titled "Is the Health Care Reform Legislation Constitutional?" at 5:30 p.m. April 7 at the Spencer Partrich auditorium at Wayne State Law School. No topic in American constitutional law is currently hotter than whether the recent health care reform legislation is constitutional. At least two federal courts have rejected constitutional challenges to the legislation; two other federal courts have held that the legislation violates the constitution. The dispute is certain to be resolved by the United States Supreme Court. Simon Lazarus, a leading scholar on the constitutional issues surrounding the health care legislation, will discuss and analyze the constitutional challenges to the legislation and will present his arguments that the legislation does not violate any provision of the constitution. There is no charge for admission.

Bar associations join host 'Celebrating Our Diverse Bar' March 3

Hosted by DMBA and Arab American Bar Association; Armenian-American Bar Association; Black Women Lawyers Association; D. Augustus Straker Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan; Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan; Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers; South Asian Bar Association of Michigan; Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; Women Lawyers Association of Michigan -- Macomb Region; Women Lawyers Association of Michigan -- Wayne Region; and Wolverine Bar Association, 'Celebrating Our Diverse Bar' last year brought more than 120 attorneys, judges, law students and others to together.

Join your colleagues, friends and business partners at Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe for one of the premiere networking events of the year. Have fun celebrating the diversity of metro-Detroit's legal community while enjoying light hors d'ouerves and a cash bar. State Bar of Michigan President Tony Jenkins and State Bar Director of Diversity Greg Conyers will share brief remarks, followed by an opportunity for attendees to re-connect with -- and expand -- their networks in a relaxed atmosphere.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost for members, non-members and guests is $10.

For more information contact Mitzy Sharp Futro at msharpfutro@detroitlawyer.org or call (313) 961-6120 x201.

Published: Tue, Mar 1, 2011

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