Monthly Archives: August 2016

AVVO Ratings and Reviews Update Aug 2016

Michael Komorn’s reviews

 

5.0 stars - 23 Total

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2015 Michigan State Police Asset Forfeiture Report Final

2015 Michigan State Police Asset Forfeiture Report Final Final stats for 2014 for Michigan Police Agencies who decided to report asset forfeitures.  Many did not...So one would imagine the stats are not transparent

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Editorial: Court puts limit on police stealing

A state court has broken up one of the biggest theft rings in Michigan.

  The state Supreme Court should let the ruling stand and the Legislature should enshrine it in law.   The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a key provision of the civil forfeiture law violates the due process rights of defendants. &n

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Feds using forfeiture to their advantage

The Justice Department recently announced that it is resuming the “equitable sharing” part of its civil asset forfeiture program, thus ending one of the major criminal justice reform victories of the Obama administration.

  Civil asset forfeiture is a le

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Editorial: Toughen proposed forfeiture reforms

Innocence until proven guilty should also mean an individual isn’t punished until guilt is established in court. But in Michigan and other states, a suspect can lose property and cash without ever even being charged with a crime.

  A package of bills voted unanimously out of committee would establish a higher threshold for civil

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Mich. cops seized $24M in 2014 in drug cases

Michigan police agencies seized some $23.9 million last year from suspected drug traffickers, according to a forfeiture report released by the Michigan State Police.   Subtracting costs and shares of assets paid out to partnering organizations, state law enforcement agencies netted $20.4 million, according to data disclosed last month in

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Court: Pot as tip no reason for police to seize car

Westland — Marijuana and pizza may be a popular combination, but the state Court of Appeals ruled last week it isn’t enough to warrant police seizure of property.   The state appellate court overturned the forfeiture of a car after ruling the driver didn’t use the vehicle to buy marijuana found by police, but instead recei

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Federal Bureau of Prisons-Reducing our Use of Private Prisons

MEMORANDUM FOR THE ACTING DIRECTOR

FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS

 

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates instructed officials in a memo Thursday to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or substantially reduce the contracts scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is reducing  and ultimate

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US Dept of Justice letter regarding prosecution for marijuana

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech regarding dropping mandatory minimums for many drug crimes is already making an impact. Read the letter from the DOJ

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US v Ricky Brown fed opinion ( carpenter )

US v Ricky Brown fed opinion ( carpenter )

  AMENDED OPINION JANE B. STRANCH, Circuit Judge.   A jury convicted Ricky Brown of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of

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Clio marihuana dispensary fighting Genesee County Prosecutor’s office in court

CLIO (WJRT) - (04/25/16) - A Mid-Michigan marihuana dispensary is fighting the Genesee County Prosecutor's office in court after FANG shut them down. The owner of the Clio dispensary says warrants weren't valid and he wants his business back open.   Attorneys from both sides were in Judge Hayman's court Monday afterno

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A miscarriage of justice on marijuana

US police are using a flawed scientific test in drugs busts that gives 'false positives' to strongarm citizens into plea bargaining.

  As if America's highly-publicised "war on drugs" were not already facing a credibility gap, two US superior court judges – one in Washington, DC, another in Colorado – are raising questions abo

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New Roadside Drug Test

What is the law?

  The Michigan legislature has passed into law a one-year pilot program set up in five counties that allows for Michigan State Police to perform roadside drug tests. The way this will work is if a driver gets pulled over for a traffic offense, in one of the five c

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