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State Supreme Court takes case involving documents at U-M

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has accepted a case involving the University of Michigan and the papers of a man considered to be an influential voice in anti-immigration matters.

Dr. John Tanton of Petoskey donated 25 boxes of papers to the university, but 11 boxes were to remain closed until 2035.

Those terms now are in question. The Michigan Court of Appeals last year said the closed records are public documents under the Freedom of Information Act because they’re being held by a campus library as an “official function.” It’s a key phrase in state law.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the months ahead.

Tanton died in July at age 85, days after the appeals court decision. He had a key role in forming Federation for American Immigration Reform.

The lawsuit was filed by Hassan Ahmad, an attorney in McLean, Virginia.

Court tosses 10-year prison sentence in fatal DUI crash

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has overturned a 10-year prison sentence for a man who was drunk when his pickup truck slammed into another vehicle, killing a woman and leaving her two sons with major injuries in 2017.

The court also said the case will be assigned to a different judge because of Kent County Judge Mark Trusock’s “deep-seated personal opinions” about Doug Crystal.

Crystal pleaded no contest to drunken driving causing death and other offenses. Trusock ordered a 10-year sentence, well above the minimum guidelines.

The crash killed Meranda Baguss, 33, of Sand Lake and severely injured her five-year-old twin sons.

“Sir, you did not accidentally fall down and drink six or eight drinks at the golf course,” Truscok said. “You (did) not accidentally fall down and get behind the wheel of a car. You did not accidentally put your keys in and start that car and drive it.”

The appellate court decision said  Trusock didn’t give reasons to justify a sentence outside the guidelines, reported.

Man sings ‘You Are My Sunshine’ to partner in care facility

BOSTON (AP) — A man got permission to serenade his girlfriend who lives in a Boston assisted living facility.

Ed Bohld has visited his girlfriend, Mary Lou, at Compass on the Bay assisted living facility every day for nearly five years, WCVB-TV reported.

But new restrictions have been put into place in response to the coronavirus, prompting Massachusetts officials to limit or ban visitors at hospitals and nursing home visitors, including Lou’s facility.

Bohld said his first request to sing to Lou through a window was denied. The facility said in a statement Bohld insisted the window be open and they denied his request to abide by state restrictions.

But on a recent morning, Bohld was allowed to sing “You Are My Sunshine” to Lou through a partially opened window in the rain.


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