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U.S. Supreme Court declines Kilpatrick’s request for an appeal

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined a request by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to overturn his corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence.

The court announced its decision not to review the case Monday. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from a lawyer for Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick's request was made after a federal appeals court said in October it had no interest in taking a second look at the case.

In 2013, Kilpatrick was found guilty of two dozen crimes, including tax evasion and bribery. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in August affirmed the conviction.

Kilpatrick's appeal centered on an alleged conflict among his trial attorneys, among other very technical reasons. He quit office in another scandal in 2008 and is in federal prison.


Justice Alito reads aloud dissenting  abortion opinion

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — At the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices' decision in the Texas abortion clinic case provoked a strong response from Justice Samuel Alito. After Justice Stephen Breyer read a summary of his majority opinion aloud in court, Alito summarized his dissenting opinion. It was the second time in a week he had read aloud.

Alito was the only justice to read even one dissent from the bench, something that typically takes place a few times each term.

Seeming to tap the bench in emphasis, Alito criticized his more liberal colleagues for bending procedural rules that he says should have foreclosed the clinics' Supreme Court case.

Last week, he read a dissent in a case about affirmative action, spending more than 15 minutes reading aloud. His dissent Monday lasted about 10 minutes.


Nominations sought  for Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award

The Michigan Judges Association (MJA) is accepting nominations for its Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award. The award is named in honor of the late Judge Hilda Gage, who served on the Court of Appeals and Oakland Circuit Bench before passing away in 2010. She was renowned for her courage and scholarship, was the first female president of MJA, and the first female chairperson of the Judicial Tenure Commission.

In 2010, MJA created the Hilda Gage Award to recognize judicial excellence.

The nominee must be a member in good standing of the MJA and must have served as a Court of Appeals or Circuit Court Judge at some point in his/her career.

The nomination package should include:

• nomination form (attached);

• nominee’s curriculum vitae; and

• supporting letters or other information.

Either complete and submit the nomination form on line via the MJA website, or print the nomination form, and submit it with the supporting information in one package. The nominations must be submitted by July 20, 2016. Please send the nomination package to: Hon. Jon Hulsing, 20th Circuit Court, Ottawa County, 414 Washington Street, Suite 300, Grand Haven, MI 49417; or jhulsing@miottawa.org.


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