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Exam ‘glitch’ causes even more anxiety for aspiring lawyers

LANSING (AP) — Hundreds of people seeking to become lawyers in Michigan took an online exam this week that had problems with passwords, officials said.

The bar exam is typically a two-day, in-person test. But coronavirus restrictions turned it into a one-day online essay exam with extraordinary
conditions to prevent cheating, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Software disconnected the internet on computers and turned on the camera and microphone, the newspaper said. Internet access was restored after each section so test takers could log in and get a password for the next stage, but there was a “technical glitch” with passwords at one point.

“As a result of this delay, test takers were notified via email that the testing day will be adjusted to allow additional time and account for those who got in late,” Michigan Supreme Court spokesman John Nevin said.

The problem added anxiety to a stressful day.

“No one I’ve talked to is able to access the second module of the exam. So this is going great so far,” Tyler Silvestri said on Twitter.

Flint class-action can proceed over lead in water, top court rules

DETROIT (AP) — Flint residents whose health and homes were harmed by lead-contaminated water scored a legal milestone this week when the Michigan Supreme Court said they could proceed with a lawsuit against public officials for decisions that caused the scandal.

“Plaintiffs in this case raise some of the most disturbing allegations of malfeasance by government actors in Michigan’s history,” Justice Richard Bernstein said.

The court’s opinion was a key procedural step in long-running litigation that now will return to the Court of Claims.

The Supreme Court, 4-2, said Flint residents could pursue a claim of diminished property values. Residents also can argue that their right to bodily integrity was violated by the use of corrosive water from the Flint River.

That part of the opinion was a 3-3 tie. But it’s a victory for residents because a tie under court rules affirms an earlier decision in their favor by the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Flint used water from the Flint River in 2014-15 without treating it to reduce the corrosive effect on old pipes. As a result, lead leached into the system. Use of the river water was supposed to be a temporary measure while a pipeline was built to Lake Huron.

The lawsuit names then-Gov. Rick Snyder, two former Flint government managers appointed by Snyder and public agencies that repeatedly assured the public that the water was safe.

In a dissent, Justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra, said the lawsuit should be stopped based on strict deadlines to file a claim. Justice Elizabeth Clement didn’t participate because she was involved in Flint water legal matters as a member of Snyder's senior staff.


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