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Justice McCormack to speak at Dean Robb memorial June 6

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack is slated to deliver the welcome Thursday, June 6, at Wayne State University Law School’s “Dean Robb Memorial: Celebrating the Life of an Unlikely Radical.”

The evening will kickoff at 5 p.m. with a reception hosted by McCormack, Public Justice and Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers

The memorial will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to McCormack, speakers will include: Peter J. Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights; Michael Pitt, president of Public Justice, managing/founding partner of Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers; Bill and Richard Goodman; and Nathan Conyers. The keynote address will be delivered by Matthew Robb, son of the late Dean Robb

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. Guests can register in advance at rsvp.wayne.edu/robblecture19. Parking is $8 (credit and debit cards only) across West Palmer Street from the Law School.

The event will celebrate the life and legacy of Dean, Wayne Law class of 1949, who was a longtime activist and noted civil rights attorney. He was a founding member of the nation’s first interracial law and a leading legal figure in the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s, recruiting and organizing lawyers throughout the country to provide legal support to civil rights demonstrators. Dean was also the attorney for the family of Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit homemaker who was tragically murdered in 1965 by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama following the famous march from Selma to Montgomery.


Man gets prison in crash that killed Michigan newlyweds

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for a July 2018 crash that killed a newlywed couple in western Michigan near where they were married weeks earlier.

The Holland Sentinel reports 22-year-old Jacob Scot Damron of Wayland was given his punishment Monday after earlier pleading no contest to two felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. His minimum sentence is just over 7 years.

The newspaper says Damron had used medical marijuana and was speeding. Defense lawyer Matthew Antkoviak says Damron also was taking an antidepressant.

The Allegan County sheriff's office says 24-year-old Logan Thunderland Allbaugh and 22-year-old Hannah (Kwekel) Allbaugh died following the crash in Heath Township after a car drove through a stop sign and struck their vehicle.