Daily Briefs

Michigan’s top court passes on case of TV mistaken identity

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — After hearing arguments, the Michigan Supreme Court won’t get involved in a dispute between a cable TV network and a Detroit-area man who was wrongly identified as a thief.

It means Keith Todd’s lawsuit against MSNBC has reached an end.

In 2011, Todd was identified on an MSNBC show, “Caught on Camera: Dash Cam Diaries.” But the person accused of stealing a limousine actually was another man with a similar name.

Todd didn’t know until the show aired again. MSNBC fixed the mistake, but Todd said he suffered emotional distress.

Two courts ruled against him, including the state appeals court, which said the threshold for showing intentional infliction of distress is very high.

The Supreme Court heard arguments on March 9 and will let the appeals court decision stand.


Son of judge charged in exploitation case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The son of a Michigan appeals court judge has been accused of persuading a Texas boy to send nude photos.

Sameer Gadola has been indicted on federal charges of enticing a minor and sexually exploiting a minor. He’s in his early 20s. He’s the son of Mike Gadola, an appeals court judge and former counsel to Gov. Rick Snyder.

His mother, Preeti Gadola, hears property appeals as a member of the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

They released a statement to The Grand Rapids Press, saying there’s “another side to the government’s allegations.”

In a court document, the FBI quotes Sameer Gadola as saying he has a sickness and is trying to get better.

He’ll appear in Grand Rapids federal court on April 4.


Wayne Law to host talk on unrest in Egypt

Mohamed Arafa, assistant professor of criminal law at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt) and adjunct professor of Islamic law & Middle Eastern legal studies at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will speak on Tuesday, March 28, at Wayne State University Law School.

His talk, “Terrorism under International Criminal Law: Egypt’s War on Terrorism-Quo Vadis?” will address the relevance of international law on terrorism to the situation in Egypt. He will discuss if or how actions of the Egyptian government violate treaties such as the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombing, if any of its actions constitute international crimes, and how developments in Egypt relate to the ongoing unrest in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

The free lecture will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $7.50 (credit or debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law.

For more information about this event, contact Professor Gregory Fox, director of the Program for International Legal Studies, at (313) 577-0110 or gfox@wayne.edu.