News About Northern Michigan Criminal Law

Full Court Press: What COVID-era jury trial backlogs mean for the local criminal justice system 
Traverse City Business News - September 2021

TRAVERSE CITY — COVID-19 disrupted a lot of things. Businesses shut their doors – some temporarily, some forever. Concerts and other live events were cancelled. Wedding plans were turned upside down. And the wheels of justice ground to a halt..  Read more...

St. Ambrose attorney: Homestead Twp. violated FOIA
Record-Eagle - July 3, 2021

BEULAH — An attorney who deposed Homestead Township officials after a winery owner accused the local government of violating the Freedom of Information Act, says such violations are avoidable yet cost taxpayers thousands.  Read more...

Big Voices, Big Legal Bills; An Attorney Shares Stories and Advice
Record-Eagle - January 24, 2021

TRAVERSE CITY — Taking government officials to task for decisions that garner excessive legal fees, may seem like a peculiar stand for Frederik Stig-Nielsen to take — he’s an attorney, after all, in private practice.  Read more...

Attorneys: Breathalyzer inaccuracies more widespread than let on
Record-Eagle - Nov 1, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — Documents show Michigan State Police officials knew about potential problems with breathalyzer results months before disclosing the problem publicly. Read more...

Testimony Raises Questions About Breath Tests Used in DUI Convictions
Record-Eagle - September 20, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — Prosecutors will reexamine dozens of convictions they fear hinged on inaccurate breath tests after testimony during a local teen’s drunken driving case. Read more...

Michigan Attorney Breaks Down Changes to Michigans
9and10news - June 29, 2020

Big changes to Michigan’s no fault insurance go into effect this week for drivers. Last spring, the bipartisan auto insurance reform bill was signed into law and goes into effect July 1. Read more...

St Ambrose Cellars Fight Drones On
Record Eagle - June 17, 2020

HONOR — Attorneys for a winery owner fighting a noise ordinance on constitutional grounds, say township officials have put personal animosities above the community good. Read more...

Courts- Prosecutors- Experts Mull Breathalyzer Evidence in Wake of Fraud Charges
Record-Eagle - June 6, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — Forged breathalyzer maintenance records call local drunk driving cases into question, defense attorneys claim. The falsified records came to light during a Michigan State Police review in January — they found two technicians, one covering...  Read more...

St Ambrose Cellars Fights Sound Ordinance in Court
Record Eagle - January 31, 2020

BEULAH — Stung by a noise ordinance ticket, an attorney for St. Ambrose Cellars argued in court Thursday for the violation to be swatted away. Read more...

Motion Argues Misconduct in Boardman Lake Slaying Investigation
Record-Eagle - January 23, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — Accusations of “official misconduct” in drafting search warrants pushes testimony in the Boardman Lake slaying case into March. Read more...

Trial Dates for Drive-by Shooter Moved to December
Manistee News - July 30, 2019

MANISTEE — Trial dates for Manistee man Austin Middleton have been pushed back to early December. Middleton, 21, accused of committing a drive-by shooting in April in the City of Manistee, was in Manistee County's 19th Circuit Court Friday. Read more...

Court Grants Defense Private Investigator
Manistee News - July 29, 2019

MANISTEE — The defense counsel for the alleged perpetrator of an April drive-by shooting in the City of Manistee was granted the use of a private investigator after a hearing Monday in Manistee County's 19th Circuit Court. Read more...

Mother Headed to Trial for the Death of Her Four Year Old Son
UpNorthLive - May 20, 2019

BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Benzie County mother is headed to trial on felony charges after the death of her four-year-old son. Isabella Bronson is facing one count of operating while impaired causing death, one count of second-degree child abuse, and one count of using methamphetamine. Read more...

Judge denies marijuana case motions
Record-Eagle - May 18, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan law's treatment of marijuana may not always make sense, but it doesn't violate the constitution, a 13th Circuit Court judge ruled. Read more...


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