Daily Briefs

Federal judge tosses lawsuit against McCree

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against a suspended Wayne County judge accused of violating a man’s civil rights.
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn last Friday dismissed the suit filed against Wade McCree and Geniene La’Shay Mott by Robert King.
King alleges McCree was having a sexual relationship with Mott while presiding over a child support case between her and King. King says the judge last summer ordered him to wear an electronic tether until he paid child support.
Cohn says McCree is immune from lawsuits stemming from judicial actions, but the federal jurist doesn’t endorse conduct described in the complaint.


Mich. officer can be sued over wrong arrest

LAWTON, Mich. (AP) — A man arrested in his pickup truck while sleeping off a night of drinking has the green light to sue the officer who forced him out of his vehicle in southwestern Michigan.
A federal appeals court says Officer Jeff Largen in the village of Lawton isn’t entitled to immunity from a lawsuit for false arrest.
Largen arrested Candido Romo, who was sleeping in a pickup after bar-hopping in Van Buren County in 2010. The officer accused Romo of passing a truck on railroad tracks and arrested him for drunken driving.
But Romo had an instant defense: He wasn’t driving the pickup and didn’t even have the keys. His brother had them.
Largen wasn’t impressed. The officer told Romo to “save it for the judge.” All charges were dismissed.


6th annual Pryder Cup to be held August 9 at Scalawags Golf Club

The Wayne County Probate Bar Association and the Macomb County Probate Association will face off Aug. 9 in the 6th annual Pryder Cup at Scalawags Golf Club, located at 5210 Fairchild Road in Chesterfield. The Detroit Legal News is the sponsor for the event. The format is based on the Ryder Cup competition: two golfers from Wayne County will compete against two golfers from Macomb County based upon handicaps using a combination of best ball, scramble and every-other-shot format.
The winner of the team “competition” will be able to designate the charity to which all profits from the outing will be donated.
Participants will be teamed the day of the outing. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. with tee time starting at 1 p.m. Cost is $100 per person and includes golf, cart, lunch and light dinner. The event is limited to the first 12 golfers. Contact Walter Sakowski at (734) 525-2677 for more information.