Daily Briefs, May 18

State Supreme Court reopens case after broken promise
DETROIT (AP) — A Wayne County judge has been ordered to take another look at a case after sentencing a man to a higher punishment than promised.
Lionel Turner got a minimum sentence of 18 years in prison for kidnapping and other crimes in 2009. The Michigan Supreme Court says he was "gratuitously" promised a much lower sentence by Judge James Callahan if he would plead guilty — but then didn't get the benefit.
The court has told Callahan to take another look. Turner's former attorney Susan Walsh says a deal is a deal.
Justice Marilyn Kelly agreed with sending the case back to Wayne County. But she wanted to explicitly order Callahan to impose the minimum sentence or allow the 18-year-old Turner to withdraw his guilty plea.

Wayne County Clerk’s Office discontinues passport services

The Wayne County Clerk’s current active Passport Acceptance Agency status will be deactivated – indefinitely – at close of business on Friday, May 27, 2011. This deactivation was spurred by an increasingly low level of processing requests, coupled with limited staff resources. Passport services will not be provided at either of the Wayne County Clerk’s satellite offices, either. 
While Wayne County residents can visit any post office to obtain passport services, the closest locations to the downtown Wayne County Clerk’s office are:
• 100 Renaissance Center; Suite 1014, Detroit, MI 48243
Passport Service Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday
• 1401 West Fort Street; Suite 1006, Detroit, MI 48226
Passport Service Hours: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday

‘Springboard’ seminar to focus
on the role of in-house counsel
The State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Law Section will host its annual “Springboard” seminar at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at The Reserve at Big Rock Chop House, located at 245 S. Eton St. in Birmingham. “Springboard” features a series of roundtable discussions followed by an evening of networking and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The seminar will focus on the role of the in-house counsel. Three 45-minute roundtable sessions will allow participants to engage current and former in-house counsels and experienced mediators.
The cost of the seminar is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Register online at www.michbar.org/labor/. For additional information on “Springboard,” contact Susan Hiser at shiser@vmclaw.com or (248) 540-4987, or Brian Koncius at bkoncius@kbogaslaw.com or (248) 502-5000.


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