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Independent prosecutors to handle? U.S. Sergeant Raped in Afghanistan Found Nowhere to Go - t.co/5ihkuc9SKM
Posted May 23rd, 2013
B/c it hasn't gotten filthy enough already: FCC proposing to allow more TV sex/profanity during kids' viewing hours | t.co/HY2YvPXhVw
Posted May 21st, 2013
We're pulling for the convenience stores: Indiana lawsuit seeks to allow gas stations to sell cold beer. t.co/h49IQlGn7O
Posted May 21st, 2013
We've seen worse lawsuits: Prison inmate sues Taco Bell for stealing his idea for the Doritos Locos Tacos t.co/pF3cc7pFae
Posted May 20th, 2013
No precedent in U.S. In landmark ruling, Indonesia's indigenous people win right to millions of hectares of forest t.co/QCAaHagatT
Posted May 19th, 2013
Google Glass prepares to go viral . . . in the courts. Privacy is the issue: t.co/nnsjAGfSUS
Posted May 15th, 2013
Is there an end to this train wreck? O.J. Simpson returns to Las Vegas court in bid for new trial | t.co/bJs1Pg1j52
Posted May 13th, 2013
Crazy days. Court to police: Return marijuana to users or face contempt. t.co/DTJG6PwEL5
Posted May 13th, 2013
How to use off-shore tax havens. With pictures. | t.co/AfiUag6nLc
Posted May 10th, 2013
Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Fred Johnson's School of Law . . . The Best Law Schools in the World t.co/0m4SsOmg1w
Posted May 9th, 2013
Based solely on job placement upon graduation: The ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings 2013 t.co/PaGdzLerVp
Posted May 8th, 2013
It's gonna happen this time. . . Probably: Could immigration bill set off another backlash? - t.co/n3yy2YA4h7
Posted May 6th, 2013
Nullification redux? South Carolina bill would make it a crime to implement ObamaCare | t.co/SM5ztWHwe2
Posted May 3rd, 2013
And you think it's bad now: Many Americans are confused by ObamaCare or do not even know it's the law of the land. t.co/PlU6yyp0pG
Posted May 1st, 2013
Diabolical popery at work? A Legal Dispute Over the Pope's Favorite Movie - t.co/Re8TiX24zV
Posted April 30th, 2013
Epic rant: Patent Attorney Mad As Hell and Not Going To Take It (From the USPTO) Anymore t.co/Z3y1x8pisV
Posted April 29th, 2013
But they look so nice at Radio City Music Hall: NFL Draft Picks Have Tremendous Criminal and Legal Problem ‘Upside’: t.co/ny8pM53MsP
Posted April 29th, 2013
Slouching toward Gomorrah and the land of Idiocracy: 'Breastaurant' Trademarked by Bikinis Eatery. t.co/RyxsZJ6hRC
Posted April 25th, 2013
Federal judges successfully sue: Mandatory Budget Cuts? Not For Federal Judges! They'll get quarter million each. t.co/YDiZerIIUp
Posted April 24th, 2013
Suing the Fed? Over its MO? Good luck: Kunming mother sues US central bank over shrinking cash | t.co/auqQDYAZy5
Posted April 23rd, 2013
$20 parking ticket becomes $80 million liability? Court asked to decide whether parking ticket info invades privacy - t.co/NwqmsqsS5E
Posted April 22nd, 2013
"Is that sort of thing frowned upon?" ACLU: Detroit Police Dumping Homeless Outside City « t.co/05blAx3qqS
Posted April 19th, 2013
Korean woman claims CVS worker mocked her on receipt: lawsuit: A woman of Korean descent wh... t.co/HDzMwUoGDi
Posted April 18th, 2013
Michigan judge fines himself for smartphone use t.co/w3GuQZSKMd
Posted April 16th, 2013
We thought readers might find this message from the local bankruptcy court mildly interesting:
New Michigan legislation that goes into effect this Spring. Consult your attorney:
2012 PA 360. Effective April 1, 2013. Applies the 15 year perjury penalty to a false statement in any record signed under penalty of perjury.
2012 PA 363. Effective March 28, 2013. Extends the statute of limitations in some circumstances for kidnapping, extortion, assault with intent to commit murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, or 1st degree home invasion.
2012 PA 364-366. Effective April 1, 2013. Increases the penalties for domestic violence 3rd offense, and aggravated domestic violence 2nd offense.
2012 PA 367. Effective April 1, 2013. Makes strangulation or suffocation a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
2012 PA 372. Effective March 28, 2013. Prohibits sexual relations between foster care employees and foster care residents.
2012 PA 455-456. Effective March 31, 2013. Creates the Organized Retail Crime Act.
2012 PA 479. Effective March 28, 2013. Requires the police to record some interrogations of in-custody suspects under MCOLES approved procedures.
2012 PA 512. Effective April 1, 2013. Defines bona fide physician patient relationship under the MMMA.
2012 PA 513. Effective April 1, 2013. Sentencing guidelines for MMMA violations.
2012 PA 514. Effective April 1, 2013. Allows the MDCH to contract with a private entity to process medical marihuana applications.
2012 PA 531-534. Effective April 2, 2013. Revises all the arson statutes.
2012 PA 538-539. Effective April 1, 2013. Makes it a crime to fail to report the discovery of a dead body. MCL 333.2841.
2012 PA 540-541. Effective March 28, 2013. Creates standards and procedures for determining juvenile competency.
2012 PA 543. Effective March 31, 2013. Prohibits the operation of a vehicle while impaired by or under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
2012 PA 544. Effective June 1, 2013. Regulates annuity sales.
2012 PA 547-550. Effective April 1, 2013. Standardizes the conviction deferral procedures for drug treatment courts, parental kidnapping, section 7411, and DV deferrals.
2012 PA 564. Effective March 28, 2013. Allows any victim of the defendant’s course of conduct to notice of parole proceedings.
2012 PA 591. Effective March 28, 2013. Requires private security guards to notify law enforcement if they reasonably suspect an assaultive crime, child sexually abusive activity, or surveillance of an unclothed person has been committed.
2012 PA 592. Effective March 28, 2013. Kelsey’s Law. Prohibits a person with a level 1 or 2 graduated license from using a cell phone.
2012 PA 598. Effective March 28, 2013. Prohibits prisoners from having pictures of their victims.
2012 PA 599. Effective March 28, 2013. Authorizes the Department of Corrections to contract with a privately owned correctional facility.
2012 PA 610. Effective March 28, 2013. Requires a felon on work release to wear a tether.
2012 PA 611-613. Effective March 1, 2013. Requires the DOC to verify that a felon is employed or in school before they can be granted work release.
Those Pesky Annualized Statements
If you donate more than $250 to a charity, that cancelled check isn’t enough proof to take the charitable deduction. And: If you make a series of such donations and the charity gives you a simple annualized statement at the end of the year, that might not be enough to take the deduction. And one more thing: The IRS (soulless creature that it is) is attacking these kinds of donation arrangements.
For our church-going brethren, they probably recognize that the IRS position on this type of giving arrangement is an attack on churches, which routinely accept checks in the offering plate, then give an annualized statement to the donors. The donors–and the churches–need to re-vamp this arrangement, in light of cases like this one.
Fortunately, it shouldn’t be hard to bring these arrangements within the IRS guidelines. In the case linked to above, the donation arrangement failed this part of the IRS four-part test:
It’s just a technicality, but it’s a technicality that, I suspect, is routinely missed.
Eric J. Scheske