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Court's rulings deserve a much closer examination

August 24, 2016

By Fred Mester Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard held a press conference a couple of weeks ago to give us his take on two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases ruling that sentences of mandatory life without any possibility of parole given to minors violated ...

Michigan adequacy study shows the state already spends plenty on education

August 24, 2016

New study provides few clear-cut answers By Ben DeGrow In late June 2016, the state released the long-awaited Michigan Education Finance Study, better known as an “adequacy study.” Twice delayed from its original March 31, 2016, deadline due to ...

A 'friend of the friendless,' an advocate for kids

August 24, 2016

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief He was known as a “compassionate problem-solver,” a man who became an “institution” as chief judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court where he assumed a leadership role for 27 of the 37 years that ...

Salmon patties, many ways

August 24, 2016

There was a time, if I didn’t have all the ingredients for a recipe in sufficient amounts, I would freeze. I would consign myself to running to the store, borrowing from a neighbor, or abandoning the project. Those days are long gone, my friends. Whether ...

An obsession yielded fruit for attorney

August 24, 2016

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief From the time he was 8 years old until he headed off to college a decade later, Gordon Snavely was obsessed with collecting baseball cards. It was 10-year hobby that paid handsome dividends for the longtime attorney, ...

$40 Eggs

August 24, 2016

This hard boiled litigator went soft boiled, and I’m $40 poorer for it. I recently visited Los Angeles for the first time since 1978. All I remember from that trip was a young tough, wearing a t-shirt that said “I like to ____” (use your ...