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‘Redeeming Justice’ focus of next FBA Book Club event

The Book Club of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will meet online to discuss “Redeeming Justice,” by Jarrett Adams   on Thursday, May 26, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Jarrett Adams was 17 when an all-white jury sentenced him to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now a lawyer, he recalls the journey that led to his exoneration and inspired him to devote his life to fighting injustices in the legal system.

The Book Club discussion is free for FBA chapter members and $8 for non-members.  

To register, visit www.fbamich.org and click on “events” or email fbamich@fbamich.org.


Taking a look at jury selection in intimate partner violence cases

The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan’s Violence Against Women Project will present the webinar “Jury Selection in Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence Cases” on Thursday, May 26.

This free training will take place Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for prosecutors and assistant prosecutors only.  

The training satisfies four hours of continuing legal education for purposes of PAAM’s Best Practices Recommendations.

To register, visit https://michiganprosecutor.org and click on “training.”


State AG won’t upset conviction in 1986 Port Huron murder

PORT HURON (AP) — The Michigan attorney general's office said it found no new evidence to support a claim of innocence by a man who was convicted of committing murder in 1986 in a Port Huron college parking lot.

Temujin Kensu's case was examined by Valerie Newman, who heads the conviction integrity unit in the Wayne County prosecutor's office and has long worked to free people who were wrongly convicted.

Kensu, 58, is serving a life sentence for the fatal shooting of Scott Macklem.

Formerly known as Fred Freeman, Kensu insists he was 400 miles away in the Upper Peninsula when Macklem was killed. Alibi witnesses backed him up at trial, but prosecutor Robert Cleland — currently a federal judge — summoned a pilot to suggest Kensu could have committed the murder and then dashed back to Escanaba by private plane.

Newman said she had to follow criteria established by the attorney general's office: Wrongful conviction claims must be backed by evidence that was not raised at trial or during post-conviction appeals.

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