The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on everyone. We have all suffered, lost what feels to be a chunk of our lives, or tragically, lost loved ones. However, we must continue to function as a society.
On June 21, 2021, Judge Cleland of the Eastern District Court of Michigan issued an order granting final judgment declaring the 2005 and 2011 amendments to Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act (“SORA”) unconstitutional. The problems with 2005 and 2011 SORA amendments were legion, including unconstitutional vagueness, ex-post facto application of law, and violations of the First Amendment.
On June 15, 2021, Judge Mark Goldsmith of the Eastern District of Michigan certified a class of prisoners seeking injunctive and declaratory relief to address the woeful response of the Michigan Department of Corrections in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan. Michigan’s prison system has had much higher rates of COVID-19 infections ...
On Friday, April 30, 2021, a Florida jury found 3M Co liable for hearing damage suffered by 3 U.S. military veterans due to its defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. The jury awarded each plaintiff $2.1 million in punitive damages and a total of $830,500 in compensatory damages for their medical bills, missed wages, and pain and suffering.
As of April 11, 2021, Michigan’s “Clean Slate” laws are effective, making it easier for convicted individuals to expunge serious misdemeanors and non-violent felonies committed in the past from public records. The legislation outlines new rules for criminal record expungement and allows specific convictions to be automatically set aside after a certain time.
Today, a federal judge issued a ruling invalidating portions of Michigan's Sex Offender Registry Act that are unconstitutional. Also known as SORA, the act includes passages that are in parts very vague and in others directly violate the First Amendment.
Prison reform activists have called for the infamous facility, located in the Mississippi Delta's Sunflower County, to be shut down since the 1990s. However, attempts to close or reform Parchman have largely been unsuccessful. Considering that Mississippi has the third-highest incarceration rate in the county, it’s likely the fight will continue to be a tough one. Therefore, we have chosen ...
On Wednesday, February 5 a hearing took place in Port Huron to determine the future of Michigan’s controversial Sex Offender Registry Act, or SORA. The state’s current sex offender registry law was ruled unconstitutional in 2016 and U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland was asked to update it. Michigan currently has one of the largest sex offender registries in the country.
With nearly 44,000 registrants, Michigan has one of the largest sex offender registries in the country. Each year, the state adds almost 2,000 people to the registry, or about 5 people per day. Many of these registrants were added to the list retroactively after the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) was amended in 2006 and 2011.
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug found in tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars. CDC data reveals that 99% of e-cigarettes sold in the United States also contain nicotine, even those that do not disclose their ingredients or market themselves as containing 0% nicotine.