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 Schuette to discuss findings from report on human trafficking

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will present findings from the “Report on Human Trafficking” in a town hall meeting hosted by the Junior League of Ann Arbor, Inc. The meeting will be held at Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Ann Arbor campus at 6 p.m. Feb. 13. Schuette will provide details from the report compiled by the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking.

“I am looking forward to addressing how Michigan can embrace a victim-centered approach to combatting human trafficking in our state,” said Schuette. “Events like the Junior League’s forum are essential to raising public awareness of modern day slavery.”
The Junior League of Ann Arbor, Inc. works to increase awareness that human trafficking is occurring in the Ann Arbor community and its neighborhoods. They believe educating the community about this crime, affecting local children, women, and men, is the first step in combating this issue. 
 

Man gets life, no parole in triple slaying 

 
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for killing his brother and two other people and wounding a fourth during a 2012 house party in Flint.
The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1du28mS ) reports that a jury found James P. Simpkins guilty of three first-degree murder counts on Jan. 15, and Genesee County Circuit Judge Geoffrey Neithercut issued the mandatory life sentence Thursday.
Prosecutors say Simpkins went inside a bedroom and shot all four victims, killing his 21-year-old brother Anthony Simpkins and the brother's 21-year-old girlfriend Erica Billingsly immediately. They say a second man who was shot — 36-year-old Bobby Jackson — initially survived but that Simpkins stomped on his head until he died.
A second woman shot in the room survived.
 

Michigan Supreme Court: cities can’t bar medical marijuana 

 
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down an ordinance in a Grand Rapids suburb that’s intended to prevent the use of medical marijuana.
In a unanimous decision, the court says the city of Wyoming’s ordinance conflicts with a 2008 law approved by voters that allows marijuana use for medicinal purposes. The state’s highest court agreed Thursday with a similar ruling by the Michigan appeals court.
Wyoming passed a zoning ordinance in 2010 to prohibit activities that conflict with federal law. Those activities would include growing or possessing marijuana.
Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack says the Wyoming ordinance defeats what state law grants: no penalty for proper use of medical marijuana.
Writing for the court, she says the medical marijuana law doesn’t stop federal authorities from enforcing their own anti-drug law.

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