DETROIT — Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham has ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will not be forced to testify in the case she filed to stop enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban — a decision that was almost immediately appealed to the state Court of Appeals. Cunningham said Wednesday that Whitmer established good cause to quash the subpoena — issued for a hearing next week on the possibility for a preliminary injunction — when she argued it was unnecessary because the governor hasn't intended to bring the suit in her personal capacity but on behalf of the state. "It is apparent the de...
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‘This isn’t going to work out’: Legal expert throws cold water on Trump’s latest effort to stall Mar-a-Lago probe
Donald Trump has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the Mar-a-Lago documents case, but a legal analyst told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that his effort will likely fail.
The former president asked the court to require more than 100 classified documents be included in a review by the special master in an apparent attempt to stall the investigation, but former FBI official Chuck Rosenberg explained why the court Trump helped shape would probably not rule in his favor.
"Well, probably in the end this isn't going to work out for Mr. Trump," Rosenberg said. "Let me explain why. First, there's no requirement that the Supreme Court even take this case. The issues are rather narrow and rather modest, and, frankly, somewhat uninteresting, at least from a technical legal standpoint."
"Number two, really, even if they take the case, there's no guarantee Mr. Trump wins. Third, even if they take the case and Mr. Trump wins, really only talking about a process to review documents that's ultimately going to end up in the hands of the folks who need it -- the government doing the investigation. Rather narrow, rather modest."
"I don't see the Supreme Court overturning a conservative 11th Circuit on this rather narrow question," he added.
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A Michigan judge on Tuesday dropped felony criminal charges against seven former officials in connection to the 2014 Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people and killed dozens.
Genesee County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Kelly's decision stems from a Michigan Supreme Court ruling in June that deemed state prosecutors' use of a one-man grand jury to issue indictments legally improper, throwing into doubt efforts to hold ex-officials accountable for a water disaster that has had lasting impacts on Flint residents.
"The threat of lead contamination is not over, as we've seen from recent monitoring showing rising lead levels in the city's drinking water."
"Because the one-person grand jury does not have the power to issue indictments, the indictments issued in the felony Flint water cases were void ab initio," Kelly wrote. "Therefore, anything arising out of the invalid indictments [is] irreconcilably tainted from inception."
In the eight years since the start of the crisis, which was sparked by a cost-cutting decision to switch the city's water supply to the Flint River without adequate testing and treatment, a number of Michigan officials—including the state's former Republican governor—have been charged with crimes, but none of the charges have held.
Among the officials who had charges dropped Tuesday were former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Nick Lyon and former MDHHS medical executive Eden Wells, both of whom faced nine counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, has been accused of botching efforts to punish officials responsible for the mass lead poisoning and Legionnaires' epidemic in Flint. Charlie LeDuff, a columnist for The Detroit News, explained last month that "instead of holding preliminary examinations, Nessel's office used a one-man grand jury to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder with willful neglect—a misdemeanor—as well as recharging several others with a new round of indictments of manslaughter and misconduct."
"Nessel's team argues that while the Supreme Court ruled a one-man grand jury may not issue indictments, his findings can still be used to seek a warrant," LeDuff continued. "Despite assurances from Nessel's office claiming things are moving forward, people in the legal world know time is running out... Evidence has grown cold and memories have grown dark. The statute of limitations is creeping up, depending on the person and the charges. So it's worth saying again. It's doubtful anyone goes to prison."
In a statement responding to Kelly's decision, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud, and the Flint Water Prosecution Team vowed to "review" the ruling and "continue its pursuit of justice for Flint."
"Though it may be of little comfort," the officials said, "the people of Flint have always had on their side a dedicated team of lawyers and advocates committed to justice and with the sincere belief that what happened to the people of Flint is a crime."
The latest indication that justice for Flint residents won't be forthcoming any time soon was met with outrage. Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator, called the decision to drop charges against the seven ex-officials "unjust" and "absolutely shameful."
Journalist Jordan Chariton, who has covered the Flint case closely, also expressed dismay on social media:
As prosecutors fail to punish officials involved in the 2014 crisis and the high-level attempts to cover it up, Flint is struggling to replace its remaining lead pipes.
"The city of Flint has conducted lead service line replacement work at only about a dozen homes in 2022. It is an unacceptable performance by our elected officials," Melissa Mays, operations manager of the advocacy coalition Flint Rising, said in a statement late last month.
"The threat of lead contamination is not over, as we've seen from recent monitoring showing rising lead levels in the city's drinking water," Mays added. "As the state of Michigan approaches the milestone of removing all of [Benton Harbor's] lead pipes, a move supported by advocates and concerned citizens in Flint, we ask: Why not Flint?"
Prime Minister Liz Truss pledged on Wednesday to steer Britain through "stormy days" and transform its economy, fighting to restore her authority over a party in revolt after a chaotic first month in office.''
Addressing Conservative lawmakers and members at an annual conference overshadowed by internal bickering and confusion over policy, Truss said the party needed to unite to kick-start stagnant growth and tackle the many problems facing Britain.
So far, however, her misfiring attempt to cut 45 billion pounds ($51 billion) of taxes and hike government borrowing has sent turmoil through markets and her party, with opinion polls pointing to electoral collapse rather than a honeymoon period for the new leader.
"We gather at a vital time for the United Kingdom. These are stormy days," she said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, war in Ukraine and the death of Britain's longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth.
"In these tough times, we need to step up. I'm determined to get Britain moving, to get us through the tempest and to put us on a stronger footing."
As she started to speak, two protesters held up a sign asking "Who voted for this?" before they were escorted away by security personnel as the crowd chanted "out, out, out".
Truss, elected by party members and not the broader electorate, was addressing the party faithful after she was forced to reverse plans to scrap the top rate of tax. She acknowledged that change brings "disruption".
That U-turn has emboldened sections of her party who are now likely to resist spending cuts as the government seeks ways to fund the overall fiscal program.
That risks not only the dilution of her "radical" agenda but also raising the prospect of an early election.
Having entered the conference hall to a standing ovation and the sound of M People's "Moving On UP", Truss told party members and lawmakers that she wanted to build a "new Britain for the new era".
"For too long, the political debate has been dominated by how we distribute a limited economic pie. Instead, we need to grow the pie so that everyone gets a bigger slice," she said in the central English city of Birmingham.
"That is why I am determined to take a new approach and break us out of this high-tax, low-growth cycle."
The conference, once expected to be her crowning glory after being appointed prime minister on Sept. 6, has turned into a personal nightmare, and a battle for the country's political future.
As the debate moved on from tax cuts to how the government would fund them, lawmakers and ministers openly clashed, in stark contrast to the sense of discipline on display at the opposition Labour Party conference last week.
Some lawmakers fear Truss will break a commitment to increase benefit payments in line with inflation, something they argue would be inappropriate at a time when millions of families are struggling with the cost of soaring prices.
Ministers say they are yet to take a decision and are obliged to look at economic data later this month.
While markets have largely stabilized after the Bank of England stepped in to shore up the bond market - albeit after the cost of borrowing surged - opinion polls now point to an electoral collapse for the Conservatives.
John Curtice, Britain's best known pollster, said before the speech that Labour now held an average lead of 25 percentage points and the Conservatives needed to accept they were "in deep, deep electoral trouble".