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Detroit city council approves bankruptcy related water authority deal
September 20, 2014
The Detroit City Council on Friday approved a deal to lease the city's water and sewage department to a new regional authority as part of the city's continuing effort to exit bankruptcy. After a 7-2 vote, the council approved creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority, which will allow the city to....... [more]

A Bungling Barbarism: Court Baselessly Holds That Child Abuse, Used to Get Kids to Do Chores, Cannot Be Forced Labor
August 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come with....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears oral arguments for six cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage
August 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on Wednesday for six lawsuits challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states. The panel heard arguments on Kentucky's ban in the consolidated cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear; Michigan's ban in DeBoer v. Snyder; Ohi....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses five-state Asian carp lawsuit
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan thr....... [more]

Supreme Court rules home health care workers not required to pay union fees
June 30, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Harris v. Quinn that the state cannot require home health care workers to pay union fees. The court stopped short of overruling its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that state employees who choose not to join a public-sector u....... [more]

UN rights experts condemn Detroit water cut-offs
June 26, 2014
Three UN rights experts on Wednesday condemned the city of Detroit's Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) disconnection of water services for failure to pay due to lack of means as a violation of human rights. The experts' criticism comes in response to a report submitted by the Detroit People's Water....... [more]

Justice Thomas "Hardly Be(ing) Reasonable"
June 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Seelau of The Project for Indigenous Self Determination discusses Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community... On May 27, 2014 the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. The decision was widel....... [more]

State Death Penalty IQ Cutoffs
June 17, 2014
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The remain....... [more]

Federal appeals court refuses to exempt Catholic non-profits from contraception mandate
June 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday refused to grant an injunction that would have exempted Catholic non-profit groups from the contraception coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The court noted in its decision that the groups that....... [more]

Current State Bans on Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
Michigan is not the only US state to maintain some type of ban on race-conscious affirmative action policies. In 1996 California voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that prohibited public institutions from using affirmative action policies. Under Proposition 209, state employmen....... [more]




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