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University of Michigan asks for review of misconduct ruling

DETROIT (AP) — The University of Michigan has asked a federal appeals court to set aside a decision giving students accused of sexual misconduct at universities the right to cross-examine accusers at disciplinary hearings.

The Ann Arbor school last week asked the full court to start over and hear the case decided this month by a three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It ruled the university violated the rights of a male student by refusing to allow him or a representative to question witnesses in an alleged incident of sexual misconduct.

The court overturned a previous decision favoring the school and dismissed a lawsuit by the male student. He agreed to leave the school in 2016.

The university argues requiring schools to allow cross-examination will prompt "full-scale adversarial hearings."


Authorities: Domestic dispute preceded killings, suicide

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a domestic dispute took place about a week before a western Michigan man fatally shot two people and took his wife and children hostage before killing himself.

The Kent County sheriff's office on Monday released details of the circumstances that led up to the slayings of 58-year-old Lisa Bradley and her longtime boyfriend 54-year-old James Cole at their home in Kent County's Spencer Township. The man suspected in their deaths was Bradley's son-in law.

Thirty-three-year-old Bruce Huntley lived with his wife and two children, ages 4 and 2, in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming, but about a week ago his wife left with the kids after the dispute with him to stay with Bradley and Cole. Huntley on Saturday allegedly killed the couple before taking his wife and children back to the Wyoming apartment.

Huntley released his wife and children before fatally shooting himself.


Leaders of Michigan police impersonators get probation

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The leaders of a group of police impersonators who fooled police, firefighters and the public for three years in and around Flint, Michigan, have avoided jail time.

The Flint Journal reports Willie Strong III and Auston Rose were each sentenced to five years of probation Monday after earlier pleading guilty to impersonating a peace officer .
Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Celeste Bell also ordered them to turn over all equipment used while posing as officers.

Strong and Rose both apologized in court.

The sentences of probation were part of an agreement with prosecutors. Authorities say the impersonators were members of a group calling itself the Genesee County Fire and EMS Media-Genesee County Task Force Blight Agency. They were acting as police at parks, house fires, vehicle crashes and crime scenes.


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