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Legal Aid opens virtual office for low-income Wayne County residents

Legal Aid opens virtual office for low-income Wayne County residents<BR>

Some are grandparents raising grandchildren due to the opioid epidemic.
Others have been evicted from their homes with nowhere to turn, or feeling powerless to get out of a domestic violence scenario.
What they have in common is that they need legal help, but are unable to afford it.
But thanks to a new partnership between ... (full story)


State


Michigan eyed as bellwether for legal pot in Midwest

Michigan eyed as bellwether for legal pot in Midwest

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.
It could do more by serving as a model for the rest of the Midwest — and possibly beyond.
Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize recreati ... (full story)


Democratic gains over GOP after midterms come with cautions

Democratic gains over GOP after midterms come with cautions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last week's midterm elections offered revealing lessons for both parties as battle lines begin to emerge for the 2020 presidential election.
For Democrats, a string of statewide victories in Rust Belt states opened a potential path back to the White House. But President Donald Trump's Republican Party foun ... (full story)


No due process violation for defendant required to prove ‘blackout’ defense

A divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently that the Franklin County Common Pleas Court did not violate Darin K. Ireland’s constitutional rights when the court required Ireland to prove his defense of “blackout” — acting in an unconscious state because of disease or injury — by a preponderance of the ev ... (full story)