Macomb County Gunman Arrested After Eight Hour Standoff

It was like a scene from a movie. A gunman behind a barricade, the street crawling with police, roads closed to civilians, a terrified hostage….. But this was no movie. And unlike what would have been the Hollywood finale to this scary scene, the situation has since been resolved without anyone getting shot or blown up. But someone is very likely to spend a good deal of time behind bars as a result. Continue reading

A Sad Tale of Missing and Abandoned Babies

One Missing Infant, One Dead Baby Boy

When Melissa Mitin, the young Okemos woman accused of murdering her newborn infant last year, testified in court recently to the fact that she had given birth again just weeks ago but didn’t know where her baby was, the state held their breath.

Somewhere out there was a baby, possibly alive, more likely not. No one was certain. Continue reading

Michigan Animal Cruelty Charges

Two Facing Animal Cruelty Charges After Videos Posted on Youtube

Animal cruelty, like child abuse, can be a very volatile subject that elicits very strong emotional reactions in people. So it is likely that the two men from northern Michigan who are accused of videotaping the mauling death of a coyote and posting it online will be prosecuted for animal cruelty in the court of public opinion as well as the Gogebic County Court.

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Harassing “the Ex” Results in Jail Time

Bay County Man Gets 210 Days

Chad A. Monroe was very frustrated when his girlfriend of three years broke up with him last year, and he made sure she knew it by harassing her with an almost endless slew of vengeful texts and Facebook messages, posting naked pictures of her online, and creating false “sex-for-hire” ads in her name which offered sex in return for crack cocaine. All of this, he claimed, was in the hopes of driving her to commit suicide. Continue reading

Sentenced To Prison
For Shooting Handyman

Flint man gets 10 to 20 years

Sometimes things break around the house, and need to get fixed, but not everyone is a skilled plumber, drywall finisher, or tile setter. This, of course, means you’ll need to hire a handyman, which can be costly. However, one man’s solution to this was to pay his handyman in crack cocaine which, as you can imagine, led to a rather disastrous end.

According to court records, 33-year-old Joseph Dante Lee was just sentenced to prison for 10 to 20 years after jurors decided he was guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. And what caused the jury to decide this about Mr. Lee? Well, it’s an interesting story….. Continue reading

Erasing the Criminal Record

Is a Second Chance a Terrible Idea?

Michigan’s “second chance” bill unanimously passed both the state House and Senate last December. Just days ago it also received the governor’s signature and passed into law. But for all the wide support this bill has received, both in government and by a number of legal groups, including the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Judges Association, there are those who feel that it’s a terrible idea. Continue reading