At a Glance

Wayne Law event looks to the future

A panel discussion is scheduled at Wayne State University Law School on Tuesday, Nov.15 to examine the outcome of the elections and expectations moving forward.

The panel discussion and lunch is scheduled from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. in  Detroit.

Confirmed panelists include Kevin Deegan-Krause, associate professor, Wayne State University Department of Political Science; George Franklin, president, Franklin Public Affairs LLC; Sen. Mike Kowall, majority floor leader, Michigan State Senate; retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, chair, Levin Center at Wayne Law, Wayne Law’s distinguished legislator in residence, senior counsel, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn; and Rochelle Riley, columnist, Detroit Free Press.

Jocelyn Benson, director atWayne Law’s  Levin Center, will moderate.

This is a free event, but registration is requested.


For more information, contact Kaylee Place at 313-577-2731 or

Manager sentenced to prison in restaurant rivalry case

SHELBY TOWNSHIP (AP) — A man who was the manager of an Italian restaurant in suburban Detroit has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for threatening a competitor.

Giuseppe D’Anna appeared Monday in Detroit federal court, months after pleading guilty to trying to disrupt interstate commerce.

The crime occurred in 2009 at Nonna’s Kitchen in Macomb County’s Shelby Township.

At the time, D’Anna was manager of a restaurant called Tiramisu. D’Anna admits he told the owner of Nonna’s Kitchen: “You don’t open here. ... But you still have time. Leave the place and don’t open the place.”

He also made a reference to Sicily.

In 2012, in state court, D’Anna and a brother were sentenced to two months in jail. They were accused of attacking the Nonna’s owner with a baseball bat.

Advocates for the  homeless appeal state voting rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for the homeless and the Ohio Democratic Party recently filed a longshot appeal with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to block election rules that could disqualify thousands of absentee and provisional ballots because of minor mistakes or omissions.

The high court typically is reluctant to impose last-minute changes on election procedures.

But the lawyers filing the appeal with less than two weeks until Nov. 8 election said the ballots in question would only be counted after polls close in any case, so a court order would not interfere with the election.

The emergency appeal was filed with Justice Elena Kagan, who oversees such appeals from Ohio and neighboring states.

Earlier this month, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered elections boards to count provisional ballots with some minor mistakes if voters’ identity and eligibility can otherwise be verified.

But the appeal to the Supreme Court said Husted’s order did not go far enough and could itself be overturned by a state court.