Daily Briefs

Exoneree Wyniemko  releases book about his wrongful conviction

WMU-Cooley Law School Innocence Project exoneree Kenneth Wyniemko and author Bob Henige will hold a public reception and media briefing at noon on Oct. 9 on Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus to introduce their book “Deliberate Injustice.” The book takes a personal look into Wyniemko’s struggles to prove his innocence, and life after being exonerated.

On June 17, 2003, Kenneth Wyniemko walked out of prison a free man after Macomb County prosecutors dismissed all charges against him. He had spent nine years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit. DNA testing obtained by the WMU-Cooley Innocence Project and pro bono attorney Gail Pamukov led to Wyniemko’s exoneration. The true perpetrator was identified through a DNA data bank hit five years after Wyniemko was exonerated.

Today, Wyniemko is spokesperson and advocate for criminal justice reform.


Police: Ex-officer abused  drugs from pill take-backs

BURTON, Mich. (AP) — A former police sergeant in eastern Michigan has admitted to abusing prescription drugs he collected from several area police agencies through pill take-back programs.

Michigan State Police reports obtained by the Flint Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request allege that former Burton officer Shawn Duncanson approached multiple police agencies and offered to dispose of prescription drugs turned into their departments. State Police began their investigation in February.

The reports allege Duncanson told investigators he took pills collected from the departments and the Burton Senior Center as well as a prescription opiate from evidence for personal use.

Duncanson resigned in June but hasn’t been charged. His attorney says Duncanson’s “mistakes were to relieve personal pain.”

The office of Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says the issue remains under review.


2017 Wayne Law Alumni Reunion to be held Oct. 6 at MGM?Grand

All Wayne Law alumni are invited to a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception to honor the classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007 and 2012. Join classmates and colleagues from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at INT ICE, MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third Street in Detroit. Cost for this event is $25 per person.

Register at https://law.wayne.edu/.

If you would like to be a class leader and represent your class for the Wayne Law Reunion or have questions about the event, contact Duc Abrahamson at (313) 577-6199 or e-mail her at duc.abrahamson@wayne.edu.