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The Stolen Valor Problem: Bringing Clarity to Speech Restrictions for False Claims of Military Honors
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hommel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the ninth article in a ten-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hommel discusses false identification of military personnel who have engaged in....... [more]

Detroit bankruptcy mediators reach deal on over $388 million in bonds
April 10, 2014
Mediators involved in the city of Detroit bankruptcy proceedings announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on over $388 million in bonds. The city will pay 74 cents for each dollar. The deal would eliminate only a small fraction of the $18 billion owed by Detroit and still requires the appro....... [more]

Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan
March 28, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages of Michigan couples. The statement is in accordance with Holder's initial statement that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be extending all federal benefits to same-sex couples le....... [more]

US appeals court extends stay on same-sex marriage in Michigan
March 26, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday granted an extension of a temporary hold on a Detroit federal judge's ruling in DeBoer v. Michigan that struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. The court granted the stay in light of the US Supreme Court's issuance of a stay in a similar....... [more]

Federal appellate court places hold on same-sex marriages in Michigan
March 23, 2014
A judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Saturday declared a temporary hold on same-sex marriages in Michigan. The ruling arrived one day after Friday's decision by a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan that held that the ban on same-sex marriages....... [more]

Federal judge declares Michigan same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
March 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Friday struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that the ban violates the US Constitution's guarantee of Equal Protection and also indicated that the state had failed to prove its allegatio....... [more]

Detroit Bankruptcy Litigation
February 10, 2014
On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit, Michigan filed a petition declaring Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. Detroit's attempt to declare bankruptcy briefly came to a halt on July 22, 2013, when Michigan Circuit Court....... [more]

History and Conditions
February 10, 2014
Detroit's population was over 1.8 million residents in 1950, and it held the fifth spot on the list of America's most populous cities. That was the peak of the city's population. In fact its population has seen a decline in every census thereafter. Detroit lost over half of its population in the pas....... [more]

Detroit Bankruptcy
February 10, 2014
Detroit, Michigan, the historic epicenter of US automotive manufacturing, was once a beacon of industrial prosperity. The "Motor City" was synonymous with automative giants, such as GM, Ford and Chrysler. In recent decades, however, Detroit has seen significant decreases in both population and indu....... [more]

Michigan top court: communities cannot bypass state marijuana law
February 7, 2014
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that cities may not pass ordinances that conflict with the state's five-year-old medical marijuana law. John Ter Beek, a resident of Wyoming, Michigan, challenged a 2010 Wyoming zoning ordinance that prohibited the use of marijuana, arguing that....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Michigan law banning graduate student unions
February 6, 2014
On Wednesday, a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that a law banning the formation of graduate student unions was unconstitutional. Judge Mark Goldsmith found that the law violates the Michigan constitution's "change of purpose" clause. The law was rushed thr....... [more]