Daily Briefs

 Conversation with Judge Talbot Oct. 10

Attorneys are invited to attend “A Conversation with Judge Michael J. Talbot” on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Courtroom 331

Topics to be discussed include: the role of the Special Judicial Administrator, changes in Court policies, and the impact on the Bar.
 
 

Court: Jail garb not enough for a new trial 

 
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says criminal defendants have a right to wear their Sunday best at trial. But in the case of a Wayne County man, jail clothes aren’t enough to overturn a conviction.
The court last week declined to upset the conviction of Sanford Davis, who in 2011 was found guilty of an assault that put a man in a nursing home. On the day of trial, his lawyer brought a better set of clothes to court, but Judge Daniel Patrick Ryan wouldn’t allow the change, saying it was against policy and a security risk.
The judge said Davis should have changed his clothes in jail. He was told to turn his shirt inside out to hide any jail identification from the jury.
 
 

Civil rights award presented to athlete with Down syndrome 

 
ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) — The family of a student with Down syndrome who earned the right to participate in athletics during his senior year has received a Michigan civil rights award.
The Dompierre family and the Ishpeming Public Schools received the Civil Rights Leadership Award from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The Mining Journal of Marquette and WLUC-TV report department representatives presented the award last Friday.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s executive committee last year approved a waiver for Eric Dompierre. The decision followed a vote by state schools to lift the age limit for sports eligibility under certain circumstances.
The push was accelerated after Dompierre petitioned to be able to play sports at Ishpeming High School in the Upper Peninsula. Dompierre started school late because of the genetic disorder.
 
 

‘Issues in State District Courts’ focus of PALS meeting

 
The Polish American Legal Society (PALS) will host its next general meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Polish Village Cafe, 2990 Yemens Ave. in Hamtramck.  Wayne County 24th District Court Judge Richard A. Page will discuss “Issues in State District Courts.” 
Page has been a member of the State Bar since 1985.  He was first elected to the 24th District Court in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. He is currently the president of the Wayne County District Judges Association, a member of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers (ISIAL), Downriver Bar Association, Kiwanis, and Knights of Columbus.  Page is an adjunct professor at Baker College in the paralegal program, teaching Criminal Law and Trial Practice.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about PALS and or attending the meeting may contact Mary Ann Kozlowski at 248-647-9779.