Daily Briefs

Specialty Treatment Court demonstrates success with graduation

Six non-violent offenders who successfully completed an intensive drug and alcohol probation program will graduate from the Specialty Treatment Court at 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The Specialty Treatment Court has been a marked success with only a three percent recidivism rate according to the State Court Administrator’s Office, Chief Judge Julie Nicholson said.

“That means 97 percent of the participants that have successfully completed our program have stayed out of the criminal justice system which shows just how effective it is,” Nicholson said. “Judge (Nancy Tolwin) Carniak and I are very proud of our team as well as the graduates who have worked so hard to achieve and maintain sobriety.”



Feds: No charges in death of jail inmate  in suburban Detroit

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say there will be no criminal charges filed in the death of a suburban Detroit jail inmate.

In a brief statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says the evidence doesn’t support a federal civil rights prosecution.

David Stojcevski died in the Macomb County jail in June 2014. His lawyer says the 32-year-old suffered serious withdrawals from drug use and died after serving 16 days of a 30-day sentence for careless driving. Video shows Stojcevski hallucinating in his cell and shaking with seizures.

Attorney Harold Perakis says the government’s decision to not pursue criminal charges will have no effect on the lawsuit.



Detroit Mercy Law  to celebrate 104th Annual Red Mass

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its104th annual Red Mass at noon today at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, 629 E. Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit. The church is immediately adjacent to the School of Law Campus. The Red Mass is an occasion for judges, attorneys, and officials of all faiths to pray together for guidance at the beginning of the new judicial term and join in the Renewal of the Lawyer’s Oath of Commitment. The Oath is recited by all new lawyers in the State of Michigan as a mandatory part of swearing-in ceremonies.

Renewal of the Oath is a voluntary means of reaffirming the pledge made at the onset of a lawyer’s career. This year, it will be led by the Hon. Victoria A. Roberts. Judge Roberts was appointed by President Bill Clinton in June 1998 to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. The celebrant of the mass will be Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D. Fr. Kammer is a priest, attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans since 2009. Fr. Kammer received a Bachelor of Arts from Spring Hill College, a Juris Doctor from Yale University, and a Master of Divinity from Loyola University Chicago. For more information on the Red Mass, contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations, at (313) 596-0202 or at hickeydp@udmercy.edu.