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State Supreme Court justices take to the  road once again

As part of its “Court Community Connections”?program, the Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral argument in People v Hammerlund on Wednesday, April 24, at East Grand Rapids High School.

A debriefing session with attorneys will follow the oral argument.

While the court normally hears oral argument in Lansing, justices travel to various communities as part of “Court Community Connections” which started as a public education program aimed principally at high school students.

“The court hopes that by bringing the ‘Community Connections’ program to the schools, students will have a much better idea of the legal system and what goes into making a decision,”

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack said.  “We hope the argument helps answer some of the questions that students discussed with their mentors prior to today’s event.”

AG to review fatal shooting by ICE agent

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general will look into the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by a U.S. customs agent during a 2015 police raid in Detroit.

Laura Moody, chief of staff for Attorney General Dana Nessel, says in a letter to Terrance Kellom’s family that the case “will be reviewed by an experienced criminal attorney.”

Police have said Kellom was shot after lunging at the agent with a hammer at his father’s home. His father, Kevin Kellom, has disputed that account. The agent wasn’t charged.

Nabih Ayad, a lawyer representing Kellom’s family, says an officer who earlier said Kellom had a hammer changed his story while under oath in the family’s civil suit against the agent.

Student sit-in over police, ICE continues at Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University students were continuing their protests over the possibility of a private police force and the school’s contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Baltimore Sun reports that protests and daily sit-ins started April 3. A Facebook post indicated the group called Hopkins Coalition Against ICE planned to continue its protests over the weekend.

The protests began after lawmakers passed a bill allowing the school to create its own police force. Hopkins also has three contracts with ICE totaling more than $1.7 million, all of which are set to expire this year.

In a post on Facebook, students again called on university President Ronald Daniels to respond to their demands. Daniels has previously rejected demands to end the ICE contracts, saying the university is protecting academic freedom.

Florida road crew misspells ‘school’ at school crossings

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A road crew in Florida should get an “F” for spelling.

A motorist last week spotted the error, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word “school” at a pedestrian crossing in the road.

Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L.

The city tweeted that the private contractor has now corrected its work. It’s not clear how long the mistake was there in plain sight.


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