Blog Posts Tagged with search and seizure

Greater Police Accountability for Confiscated Property

by: Matt Newburg

October 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM EDT

Local police departments will find it more difficult to keep and sell confiscated property under legislation that has sailed through both the Michigan House and Senate.

On Oct. 7, the Senate unanimously passed a seven-bill package aimed at reforming Michigan’s civil forfeiture law. The House passed the legislation several months ago with little opposition.

House Bills 4499, 4500, 4503, 4504, 4505, 4506 and 4507 are now on Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. He is expected to sign them.

The bills will...

East Lansing Voters Permit Possession of Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

May 6, 2015 at 11:54 AM EDT

65% of East Lansing voters voted to legalizes the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of marijuana on private property as long as the individual is 21 years or older.  However, this is not a total "legalization" within the city limits.  It is still illegal to consuming marijuana in public and unless someone is complying with Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, it is still illegal to deliver or transfer marijuana in East Lansing. 

This will undoubtedly...

Call off the Dogs: US Supreme Court Discusses K9 Use During Traffic Stops

by: Matt Newburg

April 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM EDT

An individual who has been pulled over for a traffic violation may not be detained by police longer than necessary for the officer to issue a ticket or warning for the alleged driving infraction.  That is according to the United States Supreme Court.

Shortly after midnight in March 2012, Officer Morgan Struble saw an SUV veer slowly onto the shoulder of the highway and then jerk back onto the road. The officer pulled the vehicle over and questioned the driver about why he swerved to...