Daily Briefs

Suspect in Detroit killings to stand trial in separate case

DETROIT (AP) — A man who police have called a suspect in the killings of three women in Detroit will stand trial in a separate case involving the stabbing and sexual assault of a woman who escaped.

Deangelo Martin appeared at a hearing Tuesday on charges of criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. A judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to circuit court where the 34-year-old Martin of Detroit will be arraigned July 23.

Authorities have said a woman was assaulted May 7 in a Detroit home, but escaped.

The bodies of 52-year-old Nancy Harrison, 53-year-old Trevesene Ellis and 55-year-old Tamara Jones were found this year in vacant houses.

Martin hasn’t been charged with the killings, but Detroit’s police chief has said he sees similarities between the slayings.

Michigan high court mulls legality of wage, sick time laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering the legality of Republican lawmakers’ unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements that began as ballot drives.

Justices heard arguments Wednesday.

Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud said the Legislature’s 2018 strategy — known as adopt-and-amend — was “outright” unconstitutional and a “slap in the face to the people.” A lawyer for the House and Senate said nothing in the state constitution prevents the tactic.

To prevent the measures from going to the electorate in November, after which they would have been much harder to change if voters had passed them, Republican legislators approved them in September so they could be made more business-friendly after the election with simple majority votes and the signature of then-Gov. Rick Snyder.

Annual Information Technology Seminar and Annual Meeting

The State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section will hold the 12th Annual Information Technology Seminar and Annual Meeting from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, September 12 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 5 Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Join colleagues for this educational and entertaining event, which includes the seminar, breakfast, lunch and a networking reception following the seminar. Robert Rothman, Privacy Associates International LLC will moderate. The cost to attend is $75 for section members (free for student section members), $20 for student non-members, and $125 for non-members. Limited onsite registration available for a $30 fee in addition to seminar cost. There is no cost to attend the Annual Meeting only (lunch not included). In addition to the Annual Meeting, council meetings will be held during the luncheon and will include election of the 2019–2020 council members and section officers. Register by September 9 online at https://www.michbar.org/ or by using mail form found online.