“Long thought to be a relic of the 19th century, debtors’ prisons are still alive and well in Michigan,” Kary Moss, executive director of the Michigan ACLU, said in a press release. “Jailing our clients because they are poor is not only unconstitutional, it’s unconscionable and a shameful waste of resources.”Read more »
It just doesn't get more ridiculous than this. Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan -- a mother of 6, law-abiding citizen, and gardener -- is facing 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor. Her crime? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard.Read more »
"That's not what we want to see in a front yard," said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.
Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what's "suitable?"
"If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster's dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what's common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers," the city bureaucrat said.Read more »
Google searches, GoogleMaps, GPS geotags, photos (yes, even THAT one!), videos, contacts, text messages... EVERYTHING!Read more »
The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is questioning the Michigan State Police's use of cellphone "extraction" devices.Read more »
Former doctor-in-training who worked at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens, Michigan is charged with raping a 13-month-old girl and has been held without bond.Read more »
Michigan assistant AG fired after targeting openly gay student leaderRead more »
After election officials in Washington, D.C., egged on hackers to have a go at their new internet voting system, paid for in part with a $300,000 federal grant supposed to allow about 900 military personnel and overseas voters the ability to cast absentee ballots. A Michigan professor apparently “unleashed his students” on the system to get the win for Michigan; the result was Michigan’s fight song “Hail to the Victors” played to voters after they cast their ballots.Read more »
Jackson, MI - Court records show that a Jackson County judge who was suspended indefinitely in July by the Michigan Supreme Court dismissed nine traffic cases against himself and his wife.Read more »
First hand account of the arbitrary use of government force to get compliance legal or not. This shows very well the line between the gov's and the gov-nots. This inspector talks himself in circles while skirting the obvious. part 3/3Read more »
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