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Charges dropped against police chief in military gear case

THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Flint-area police chief arrested amid an investigation into his department's use of thousands of pieces of surplus military equipment, including parachutes and mine detectors.

The Flint Journal reports that a Genesee District Court judge ruled Monday there was not enough evidence to send Thetford Township Police Chief Robert Kenny to trial for embezzlement and obstruction of justice.

Kenny was charged in August 2018 and placed on unpaid leave from the police department.

County Sheriff Robert Pickell has said an investigation alleged government money was deposited into a personal bank account and equipment was given to friends and family. The sheriff says records show the 2-person police department received about 4,000 pieces of equipment through a federal program with a retail value of $2.7 million.


5 Fellows join Michgan Law for 2019-20 academic year

Three clinical fellows, a Michigan Faculty Fellow, and a Sunderland Fellow have joined Michigan Law School for the 2019–2020 academic year.

The clinical fellows are Jason Cowin, who joined the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic; Allison Freedman, the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic; and Andrea Van Hoven, the Workers' Rights Clinic. Michigan Law Clinical Fellowships are short-term positions (three years or less) that allow lawyers interested in becoming clinical law professors to gain teaching experience in their chosen field. Working closely with the faculty director in one of Michigan Law's 16 legal clinics, clinical fellows teach and supervise student-attorneys enrolled in the clinic.

Legal historian Emily Prifogle, whose research focuses on the use and experience of law in rural areas, is the law school's first Michigan Faculty Fellow. The Michigan Faculty Fellowship is a two-year, in-residence program designed for highly promising scholars with an outstanding academic record who wish to develop their scholarship and teaching skills in preparation for the academic job market.

Rainer Forst, a professor of political theory and philosophy at Goethe University Frankfurt, joins the law school as a Sunderland Fellow. The Sunderland Faculty Fellowship focuses on mid-career and senior scholars from a discipline other than law, whose work would strongly benefit from an extended visit to the law school and who would, in turn, contribute substantially to the life of the school.