Police Ask Victims to Prove Rape, Domestic Violence

police ask victims to prove rape, domestic violenceImagine waking up and realizing that you have been raped or sexually assaulted. Imagine the fear and confusion and shock as you try to figure out what happened and what you should do. Now imagine the police put the weight of the investigation entirely on your shoulders. What would you do? (more…)

Should Spanking Be Illegal?

Should Spanking Be Illegal?The nation is in an uproar over NFL running back Adrian Peterson’s criminal conviction for “spanking” his 4-year-old son. As reporters, psychologists, and sports casters weigh in on when and how and if corporal punishment is appropriate in disciplining one’s children. But is spanking be a recipe for an obedient child or a criminal conviction? (more…)

Foolish Teen Could Get 2 Years for Humping Jesus Statue

Teen gets 2 years for humping Jesus statue

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Teens do strange things to get attention sometimes. But in a recent Pennsylvania case, one 14 year old’s antics landed him 2 years in juvenile detention. What did he do? He posted a picture on Facebook of himself simulating oral sex with a kneeling Jesus statue. (more…)

“Favorite Child” May Mean More Than You Think

Which one is your favorite child?Most parents will deny having a favorite child. They’ll say “I love them all equally” or “in their own way.” But research shows that how your children perceive favoritism could affect their education and even their juvenile record. (more…)

What Teachers Can Do To Reduce Suspensions

What can teachers do to improve discipline?School has started here in Michigan, and teachers are facing a whole new set of students, problems, and disciplinary challenges. But is there anything teachers can do to cut down on the number of suspensions handed out by their district? (more…)

Chores Don’t Count as Forced Labor, Court Says

Can chores result in forced labor charges?Your children may act like cleaning their room or washing the dishes is tantamount to slavery, but the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Michigan) has said that household chores don’t count as forced labor, even if they are enforced with physical abuse. (more…)

Could Michael Brown’s Story Change Police in America?

What could change after the Michael Brown protests?

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For the residents of Ferguson, Missouri, this has been a week of protests, riots, and violence. Outrage over the death of 18 year old Michael Brown has caused nightly clashes with police. The President and the Department of Justice have even gotten involved. But when the tear gas settles, will anything actually change? (more…)

Why a Lawyer is Important at Sentencing

A good criminal lawyer can be the difference at sentencing between probation and prisonLots of people think they know what happens in a criminal case. They’ve watched enough Law & Order to know that the verdict is the final word, right? Wrong. The Michigan sentencing guidelines – which apply in every felony case – leave the final decision on whether you go to jail or prison in the hands of the judge, not the jury.

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Will My Kids Have to Testify in Court?

Do kids have to testify in court?There are lots of reasons kids get involved in court. When mom or dad come in for consultations, one question is often “will my kids have to testify?” The answer depends on the type of case, and the child’s role. (more…)

Michigan to Create Meth Users Registry

New law will prevent meth users and children from buying pseudoephedrineDrug use, especially meth, carries with it a stigma that can cause addicts to lose jobs, homes, and family support. But imagine if after serving your sentence and getting clean and sober, the cashier at the pharmacist could still label you as a user and refuse to serve you. That’s exactly what a new law passed by the Michigan legislature will do starting in 2015. (more…)