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Interview with former Detroit Mayor Archer to take place Aug. 8

Michigan State University College of Law invites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college to hear firsthand from one of its most notable graduates. MSU College of Law Trustee Charlie Langton will sit down with former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer to discuss Archer’s experience as a public official and a leader in the legal industry.

The event will be held at Dickinson Wright on August 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A dessert and wine reception will follow.

Archer graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1970 and entered private practice with the mindset that “the practice of law is a privilege and not a right.” While he is currently chairman emeritus of Detroit-based Dickinson Wright, Archer was previously a Michigan Supreme Court justice (1985-1990) and served two terms as the mayor of Detroit (1994-2001). He was also the first African-American president of the American Bar Association (2002-2003).

“Dennis Archer is one of our most accomplished graduates,” said MSU Law Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Kristi Bowman. “We are all looking forward to hearing his thoughts about life, leadership, law, and Detroit at this event.”

RSVP required. For more information, contact Therese Enders at endersth@law.msu.edu.


Man who faced robbery charges convicted in stun gun case

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 71-year-old man who once was charged with robbing three northern Michigan banks has been convicted in an unrelated stun gun possession case.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports a Grand Traverse County jury on Wednesday found William Francis Minore guilty of two felony counts.
Minore testified on his own behalf, saying he bought the weapons at a flea market. He contends, however, that the case was only brought because authorities couldn’t make bank robbery charges stick. He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced Aug. 10.

The robberies occurred in 2015 and 2016 in Empire and Lake Ann, small towns west of Traverse City. Authorities alleged that Minore distracted police with phony reports of crimes, including a school shooting. A judge dismissed those charges earlier this year.


$63,000 found in ceiling at home of priest accused of theft

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (AP) — State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions.

The search was conducted Tuesday at the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle’s luxury home in Williamston. Police say money was in $2,000 bundles secured with cash bands that said, “For Deposit Only-St. Martha Parish.”

Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos. He lived at a property worth more than $1 million. Trial is scheduled for Aug. 13.

Authorities have seized $1.1 million from Wehrle, although auditors say more than $5 million is missing.

 

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