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 Book Club to discuss ‘The Lawyer Bubble’ 

Members of the Book Club of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will meet to discuss “The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis” by Steven J. Harper on Thursday, December 12 in room 722 of  the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit.

The event begins at noon; the author will speak via video conference.

There is no charge to FBA members and a $5 charge to non-FBA members. Lunch will be offered for $10 or attendees may bring their own.

To participate in the FBA Book Club, register online at or contact Brian Figot, executive director, at 248.594.5950 or


Police photos at issue in new look at ‘87 case

PORT HURON (AP) — The state  Supreme Court is ordering a St. Clair County judge to take another look at the case of a man convicted of killing another man in a college parking lot decades ago.
It’s the latest attempt by Temujin Kensu to get his 1987 conviction and life sentence overturned.
Kensu was formerly known as Fred Freeman. His latest appeal focuses on police photos used to identify him as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Scott Macklem in Port Huron. The Supreme Court wants a judge to hold a hearing.
Kensu insists he was hundreds of miles away in the Upper Peninsula when Macklem was killed.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm declined to commute Kensu’s no-parole sentence in 2010. Kensu is represented by the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school.

Trial begins in case against ex-BP engineer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the Justice Department’s case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kurt Mix is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors claim he deliberately deleted strings of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to hamper a grand jury’s investigation of the spill.

The 52-year-old resident of Katy, Texas, is one of four current or former BP employees charged with crimes related to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. 

His case is the first to be tried.

Trial delayed in suit over 2009 piracy case

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has delayed the trial over a lawsuit filed after Somalian pirates took over a U.S. cargo ship in 2009.
A civil lawsuit filed by crewmembers from the Maersk Alabama was set to go to court Monday in Mobile.

But court officials say the lawsuit is now headed to mediation and could end without a full-blown trial before jurors.

Crew members are suing Maersk Line Ltd. and the Mobile-based Waterman Steamship Corp. over the 2009 pirate attack that was dramatized in the recent movie “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks.

The lawsuit contends the ship was sailing too close to the Somalian coast when pirates boarded and took it over on April 8, 2009.

Maersk denies the claims. Court documents show Waterman had chartered the ship from Maersk.