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Court affirms $12,500 for prisoner in trial against guards

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed a $12,500 verdict in favor of a Michigan prisoner who said guards retaliated against him for cooperating with abuse investigators.

Randle Griffin says his rights were violated at Gus Harrison prison in Adrian. He says he lost a job in the recreation room and was given false misconduct tickets. He says a guard called him a “rat” and another warned that his cooperation would “come back to bite” him.

A report by the Ombudsman’s Office listed dozens of complaints by prisoners.

An appeals court on Wednesday found nothing to upset the jury’s 2017 verdict in Ann Arbor federal court. The state also had to pay $23,000 in legal fees and expenses to Griffin’s lawyer.

The 50-year-old Griffin is serving a life sentence for murder.


Snyder names Gordon Hosbein to 5th District Court in Berrien County

Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday appointed Gordon Hosbein of St. Joseph to the 5th District Court in Berrien County.

Hosbein has been an assistant prosecuting attorney in Macomb County since 2008, where he handles the felony docket and periodically represents the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in abuse and neglect petitions. Before that, Hosbein ran a solo law practice.

Hosbein is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Federalist Society. He is also a member of the United Auto Workers, serving as Vice President from 2011 to 2016, the Roseville District Court Sobriety Court, serving as Secretary from 2009 to 2012, and the Drug Recognition Experts of Michigan.

Hosbein earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in 2003 and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007.

Hosbein fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Donna Howard. He must seek election in November 2020 for a full term.


Detroit Bar Association Detroit Legal Services Clinic set for Aug. 28

The Detroit Legal Services Clinic provides information and advice from volunteer attorneys in the areas of: divorce, child support, domestic relations issues, expungements, self-representation, and general civil law. The clinic will be supervised by Dennis Donahue, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation Access to Justice administrator. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, August 28 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit.  To volunteer, email Dennis Donahue at ddonahue@ detroitlawyer.org.