Michigan Attorney General

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The three major candidates for Michigan attorney general have put criminals in prison during their law careers. But that's where the parallels end.

Democrat Dana Nessel is best known for fighting to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Tom Leonard, the Republican contender, is speaker of the House in Lansing. Chris Graveline is on the ballot as an independent.

Their goal is to become Michigan's next chief law enforcer with a staff of 281 attorneys.

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan
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Michigan’s Attorney General has filed a class action lawsuit against West Michigan’s Family Fitness.

In 2017 alone, Michigan’s Attorney General has received 286 consumer complaints involving the West Michigan-based Family Fitness.

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State officials say any federal investigation will not turn up widespread vote fraud in Michigan, despite unsubstantiated accusations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally.

President Trump says illegal voting kept him from winning the popular vote, but there’s no evidence of that. State officials – who are also Republicans – say that’s certainly not true in Michigan.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the state’s top elections official, Michigan has done a very good job of clearing people who have died or moved from its voter files.

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More charges have been filed by Michigan's attorney general in the investigation into the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, including against two former state-appointed emergency managers. 

Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday charged former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose with multiple 20-year felonies for their failure to protect the residents of Flint from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water.

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan
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A former USA Gymnastics doctor and Michigan State University professor has been charged with criminal sexual assault. He was arraigned Tuesday.

Dr. Larry Nassar was the team physician for the MSU gymnastics program, and the doctor for the USA Gymnastics team for four Olympics. He faces three charges of sexually assaulting a girl who was under thirteen years old.

The alleged victim was not a patient or gymnast of Nassar’s.

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Governor Rick Snyder declined to put his name on the latest legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency by the state attorney general’s office.

Snyder says Wednesday he believes the suit is not necessary, as state utilities are already largely moving toward compliance.

"So we thought the best answer was, we’re already heading in the direction of where that outcome would happen," he says. "So there wasn’t a reason to participate in that lawsuit."

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Officials say five of seven people accused in a cheating conspiracy at a Detroit casino have pleaded guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing.

The office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Monday gave an update on the case, which involved hundreds of dollars of individual payouts to players on lost bets during games of Texas hold'em at MotorCity Casino.

The final two defendants, including former casino dealer Darryl Green of Detroit, are awaiting a pretrial hearings.

Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion clinic in Detroit.

Schuette’s office says this is the third time the anti-abortion Republican has used this particular law to shut down an abortion provider – in this case, the Summit Women’s Center in Detroit.

Andrea Bitely is Schuette’s press secretary.

She says the law requires a licensed doctor to be in charge of a facility that offers abortions, and that Summit Women’s Center didn’t do that.

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Testing has begun on close to 2,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits in the state, including several hundred in west Michigan.

The 1,819 untested kits were identified in January by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office. At that time, all the kits were at least a year old.

The January numbers include 199 untested kits at the Grand Rapids Police Department and 113 at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

The numbers do not include Wayne County, which completed a backlog of more than 10,000 untested kits in a separate effort last year.

Groups: End police confiscation of assets if no conviction

Sep 29, 2015

Groups on the right and left of the political spectrum are calling for an end to law enforcement's ability to confiscate people's assets without convicting them of a crime. The process known as civil forfeiture lets police seize and ultimately take ownership of cash, homes and vehicles thought to be associated with criminal activity, even if no crimes are proven.   The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan released a report Tuesday saying more than $270 million in proceeds were forfeited from 2001 to 2013 in Michigan, with no way to tell if propert

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