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Supreme Court
orders new trials for 2 men in Allegan County

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far.

In a unanimous decision, the court said experts can’t tell a jury that children usually don’t lie when reporting sexual abuse. The court also said a doctor can’t give an opinion about whether an assault occurred if the conclusion simply is an opinion about the alleged victim’s truthfulness.

Justice Brian Zahra noted there was a dearth of evidence in the two cases, which made the experts’ testimony crucial for prosecutors.

Joshua Thorpe has been in prison for more than three years. Brandon Harbison was sent to prison in 2015.


Howard & Howard launches new website
Howard & Howard has launched its redesigned and upgraded corporate website. The roll-out of the rebuilt website coincides with the firm’s 150th anniversary celebration this year.

The new website features a custom-tailored site structure, visually enhanced/clean layout, streamlined content, improved user navigation experience, and updated photography.

Howard & Howard President and CEO Mark A. Davis said the latest digital technology was incorporated to ensure the website was device agnostic, effectively adapting to the evolving use of mobile devices.

“Our mission was to create a website that accommodates the use of various mobile devices, presents information in clean and concise way, and enables a faster, more intuitive, experience,” said Davis.

Traffic Digital Agency, a Detroit-based digital marketing firm, was hired to support Howard & Howard on the design and construction of the new website.


DBA 2019 Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party set for July 24
It’s almost time for the 32nd Annual Barristers’ Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party.

This year’s Summer Breeze will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St. in Detroit.

Summer Breeze is an ideal opportunity for new attorneys, summer associates and law clerks to meet and mingle with members of the judiciary and other legal professionals in a relaxed and informal setting. In addition, Summer Breeze provides a fitting backdrop to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of some of the best and brightest young attorneys who have, in the early stages of their career, demonstrated great potential as future leaders of the legal community.

The cost to attend is $35 for Detroit Bar members and $40 for non-members. Detroit Bar law student members and members of the judiciary may attend at no cost.

Register at https://www.detroitlawyer.org. For more information contact Mary Kovari at mkovari @detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120.

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