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Court: No liability for business in synthetic marijuana case

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of an Oakland County business in a dispute over liability in the use of synthetic marijuana, known as Spice or K2.

Terry Tuck sued Wixom Smokers Shop on behalf of his son, who burned down the family house in 2011 and threatened others after using synthetic marijuana. Tuck says the product caused delusions, paranoia and erratic behavior.

But the appeals court says it's "mere speculation" that spice from the Wixom shop caused the injuries. There's evidence that others used it but didn't experience similar problems. In a 3-0 decision, the court says there's also evidence that Tuck's son got Spice elsewhere.

In 2012, a year later, Michigan lawmakers banned the sale of mixes of dried herbs and spices sprayed with chemicals.


Free legal help for child support issues

The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, in coordination with the Wayne County Friend of the Court, will conduct a Free Child Support Help Program. The event will be held on Saturday, April 8, at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., in the Friends Auditorium from 1–4 p.m.

There will be a brief presentation about the Arrears Forgiveness Program for State Owed Arrearage.

Child support professionals will be on site to sign up qualifying parents. The program will also feature the Friend of the Court “Bench Warrant Amnesty Program.” Individuals with bench warrants due to unpaid child support in Wayne County may come in to resolve their civil warrants without facing arrest.

This will be an ARREST FREE ZONE. Individuals must bring $500 per warrant, valid photo ID, and proof of income or hardship. This does not apply to felony non-support warrants.

Attendees will have the chance to meet one-on-one with volunteer family law attorneys. These attorneys will assist in completing motion packets and provide some legal direction on child support, parenting time, and custody issues.

This program is one in a series of free child support help programs supported by community service agencies including Wayne County Head Start, Detroit Head Start Fatherhood Initiative, Wayne County Friend of the Court, Focus: HOPE, Wayne County Mediation Center, Young Fathers Standing United, MI Self-Help Legal, Americare Free Cell Phones, Goodwill Flip the Script, and many more.


FBA?to host book club panel discussion

The Federal Bar Association Criminal Law Committee and the Federal Bar Association Book Club Committee present a panel discussion based on the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. The event will take place at 4 p.m. May 3 in the Detroit Room at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, 231 West Lafayette.

This is a FREE event. However, registration at www.fbamich.org is appreciated. Further questions can be directed to FBA Exec. Dir. Mindy Herrmann at (248) 231-7887.


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