Blog Archive for December 2015

Legislation would make police body camera footage unavailable to the public

by: Matt Newburg

December 16, 2015 at 8:54 PM EST

A bill has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature that would exempt from public disclosure video and audio footage recorded by police body cameras.

Senate Bill 634, sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), would amend the state’s Freedom of Information Act to exempt certain audio and video footage from being made public. 

Jones has said he introduced SB 634 on Dec. 3 because a policy needs to be in place to protect the privacy of individuals. According to the senator, not all...

Marijuana decriminalization in Grand Rapids withstands legal challenge

by: Matt Newburg

December 13, 2015 at 8:51 PM EST

The decision of Grand Rapids voters to decriminalize marijuana possession by amending the city charter will remain undisturbed, now that the Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the law’s constitutionality. 

In 2012, more than half of Grand Rapids voters amended the city charter and made marijuana possession a civil infraction, with fines ranging from $25 to $100. But Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth challenged the amendment, claiming that voters could not trump state...

Police ‘Knock-and-Talk’ Procedure Upheld by Michigan Appeals Court

by: Matt Newburg

December 8, 2015 at 8:50 PM EST

A “knock-and-talk” procedure used by law enforcement, which led to a search of the defendants’ homes and the seizure of marijuana butter, did not violate the defendants’ constitutional rights, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in a 2-1 decision.

In People v. Frederick and People v. Van Doorne, the defendants had medical marijuana cards and had obtained marijuana butter. When executing a search warrant at the defendants’ homes, narcotics officers knocked, waited a few...

Michigan Standardizes CPL Process by Eliminating County Gun Boards

by: Jason Osbourn

December 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM EST

As of December 1st, County Gun Boards are a thing of the past and Michigan is now a “shall issue” State. Legislation recently signed into law by Governor Snyder establishes a specific set of criteria which, if met, requires the County Clerk to issue a Concealed Pistol License (CPL). Gun Boards and the discretion they exercised are no longer a component of the licensing process.

Gun Boards were three-member panels created under Michigan Law to evaluate and license applicants for CPLs. These...