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Detroit-area lawyer gets prison for obstruction of justice

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area attorney who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's office says David Wenger was sentenced Friday. The 70-year-old from Grosse Pointe pleaded guilty last year in the case stemming from accusations he failed to disclose a client's prior convictions in deportation proceedings.

Prosecutors say Wenger was aware his client had a 1990 conviction for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, but say he didn't list that or other convictions on an application to cancel removal proceedings.

They say Wenger also repeatedly told his client and relatives not to disclose the criminal sexual conduct conviction.

Under questioning by Wenger at a 2013 hearing, prosecutors say his client falsely claimed he had disclosed all prior convictions.


3rd Circuit to hold  Juvenile Drug Court Program Graduation

  A graduation ceremony to celebrate and recognize the graduates of the 3rd Circuit Court’s S.T.A.N.D. program (Supervised Treatment for Alcohol & Narcotics Dependency) will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave.

The ceremony will celebrate the determination and success of the S.T.A.N.D. graduates to complete the intensive, year-long program. The ceremony is a demonstration of the program’s positive efforts to promote healthy communities by working to eliminate juvenile substance abuse. These graduates will join a group of nearly 200 other youth who have successfully completed the S.T.A.N.D. program since 2000, when it was begun. Problem-solving courts are non-traditional courts that focus on nonviolent offenders whose underlying medical and social problems have contributed to recurring contacts with the criminal justice system. According to the Michigan Supreme Court report, “Solving Problems, Saving Lives,” 97 percent of juvenile drug court participants between 2012 and
2014 improved their education level after successfully completing the program.


State: Some 50 Flint residents will be hired to help test water

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the state is working with two Flint organizations to hire 50 residents who will help test the water in the city that's been plagued with lead contamination.

Snyder announced Monday that Orchards Children's Services and the Flint YMCA’s Safe Places Program will help hire and train city residents this month. More residents may be hired as needed.

The Republican governor says in a release that water testing teams need more people to get the job done, and “no one is better suited to help the city bounce back.”

He adds the hiring is part of an effort to ensure residents “benefit from opportunities created by relief efforts.” City and community leaders have called for employing residents, particularly teens, to help deal with the health crisis.