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Michigan Rep. Fred Upton declines to run for Senate in 2018

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year.

Upton, of St. Joseph, has held southwestern Michigan's congressional seat for 30 years. He said Friday there was “a path” to running, but he has chosen “not to follow it.”

He instead will seek re-election to the House, saying “we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever.”

Third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election in 2018.

Republican candidates include former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Young and Iraq War veteran and business executive John James. Businessman Sandy Pensler also is considering a run.


2017 Jingle Mingle  Holiday Celebration

Ring in the holiday season with the Detroit Bar from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Hard Rock Café at Campus Martius, 800 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. Share conversation, memories and laughs with colleagues and friends as everyone begins to look back at the best of 2017 and look forward to the promise of 2018. Registration is $30 for Detroit Bar members, $40 for non-members, and includes hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket. Members of the judiciary are welcome as guests. Register at https://www. detroitlawyer.org/. Parking in the visitor parking structure which is located behind Hard Rock Café on Farmer and Monroe Street will be validated. Guests should pull a ticket and bring it in for validation. For more information contact Darlene Trudell at dtrudell@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120 x201.


ABA Legal Fact Check explores the laws determining where NYC terrorist defendant should be tried

The American Bar Association updated its web-based ABA Legal Fact Check today with an examination of who has the final say in determining whether non-citizen domestic terrorists are tried in military tribunals or in civilian courts.

Sayfullo Saipov, a non-citizen in the U.S., has admitted, according to news reports, that he drove a truck killing eight people down a bike path on Oct. 31 in New York City. U.S. Sen. John McCain, among others, have called for a military tribunal to consider charges. But the Trump administration has filed charges in federal court in New York.

Prior to 9/11, no military tribunals for non-citizen domestic terrorists had been convened since World War II. In 1942, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proclamation that effectively detained, without civilian trial, eight captured Germans who had entered the U.S. on submarines on a sabotage mission. The high court determined the Germans were not entitled to habeas corpus proceedings to challenge their detention and found they “shall be subject to the law of war and to the jurisdiction of military tribunals.” After 9/11, several laws were enacted relating to military tribunals for foreigners accused of domestic terrorism, and the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision in 2006.