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County prosecutor to hire sign language interpreter

DETROIT (AP) — The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has agreed to a settlement in which it’ll provide sign language interpreters and auxiliary aids for those who are deaf or hearing impaired.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the settlement was announced recently by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The prosecutor’s office says it’ll implement the policies within 30 days.

The settlement comes after a complaint that the prosecutor’s office failed to provide a sign language interpreter to a person who is deaf and communicates primarily in American Sign Language.

A Michigan Department of Civil Rights official says the settlement could provide a simple, cost-effective model for other prosecutor's offices in the state to follow.

The prosecutor’s office will also train its staff to ensure those who are deaf can communicate with the office.

Lawyer disbarred over anti-gay rants appeals

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — A former lawyer with the state of Michigan is appealing a decision that stripped him of his law license for his hostility against a gay college student.

Andrew Shirvell argued Wednesday that he didn’t get a fair hearing at the Attorney Discipline Board. He said lawyers on the three-member panel have a record of supporting gay rights.

Cynthia Bullington of the Attorney Grievance Commission says Shirvell’s appeal is “frivolous.”

Shirvell was an assistant attorney general. He was fired in 2010 after criticizing Christopher Armstrong on an anti-gay blog, on Facebook and during visits to the University of Michigan.

He says he was exercising free-speech rights.

In a separate matter, a jury in 2012 ordered Shirvell to pay $4.5 million to Armstrong, who was a student government leader at Michigan.

Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 21,000-22,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their status renewal applications in time.

That's according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump last month announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which protected hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation.

But he said those whose authorizations were set to expire within six months could apply for renewals — so long as they did so by Oct. 5.

DHS spokesman David Lapan says roughly 133,000 of the 154,000 people eligible for renewals submitted their paperwork by the deadline.

Advocates complain DHS didn't do enough outreach.

Lapan says he'd be "hard-pressed" to think recipients weren't aware of the change.


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