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State Senate votes to give judges a pay raise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan judges would get a raise under a bill moving forward in the Legislature.
The Senate voted 33-3 Thursday for legislation increasing judges’ salaries at the same rate as future pay hikes given to administrators in state government. The bill would apply to state appeals court judges and circuit, district and probate judges.

Their pay now is based on salaries paid to Michigan Supreme Court justices, whose raises can only be approved by lawmakers.

A fiscal analysis says if the bill were in place five years ago, an appeals judge earning $151,000 would be making $12,000 more. A circuit judge making around $140,000 would be earning at least $11,000 more.

State government’s non-unionized employees usually get raises similar to what unionized workers get.
The legislation next goes to the House.


Pro bono legal day planned by IABAM

The Italian American Bar Association of Michigan will host a Pro Bono Day on Wednesday, May 20.

“Volunteer attorneys for the IABAM will be available at no charge to provide general guidance on a broad range of topics, including immigration, family law, real estate, general business, and employment law,” said Mark Aiello, secretary of the IABAM.

The event will be held at the Italian American Cultural Society (IACS) from 6-8 p.m., and is “intended to promote legal education and fulfill this organization’s general commitment to the community,” according to Aiello. The IACS is located at 43843 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.
For more information, visit www.iabam.com.


Leaders urge patience in police beating probe

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — City leaders urged public patience Thursday as authorities investigate the arrest of a black motorist who was pulled from his car, repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer and subdued with a stun gun in suburban Detroit.

The city manager, police chief and local religious and community leaders appeared at a news conference in Inkster, the 25,000-person city where Floyd Dent was arrested two months ago. Dent, 57, says he was innocent and trying to protect himself, while police counter he refused to pull over, resisted arrest and threatened them.

Video of Dent’s bloody arrest first aired on WDIV-TV, a Detroit station, on Tuesday night. In it, an officer repeatedly punches Dent in the head while another officer tries to handcuff him. Dent’s face and shirt are bloodied.

Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost said she was notified about the incident on the night it happened in late January and “immediately ordered the investigation” that is being carried out by the Michigan State Police.
Inkster City Manager Richard Marsh Jr. said “action will be taken accordingly,” but first, “we need to let this investigation take place.”

Yost did not provide a timetable for how long the investigation will last and said no one should “rush to any conclusions.”


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