Michigan Attorney Takes on Notorious Sex Cases

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan attorney Shannon Smith only defends people accused of Michigan’s most serious sex crimes. That’s on purpose. “I like the stakes being high,” Smith said in a September interview at her office in Bloomfield Hills, surrounded by pictures of her husband and four children. She turns away…

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MALONEY LEGISLATION INCREASING PENALTIES FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PASSES JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:

The House Committee on the Judiciary approved on November 2 the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation (SAFE) Act, bipartisan legislation from Representatives Dave Trott (MI-11) and Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) that would increase the federal penalty for female genital mutilation from 5 years to 15 years in prison and encourage states…

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Panel sends genital mutilation bill to U.S. House

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced to the full House a bill sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, that would increase the maximum federal penalty for female genital mutilation from five years in prison to 15 years. The legislation came about after federal prosecutors filed charges in the…

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AFM: Brian O’Shea Talks Social Drama With ‘Girl From Mogadishu’

Brian O’Shea has led the Exchange to strong growth. Launched in 2011, the self-funded finance-sales company has sold and/or financed such notable films as the award-winning documentary “Gleason,” “Chocolate City,” “A Street Cat Named Bob,” “The Spectacular Now” and “Dear White People.” O’Shea recently talked to Variety about the company, You’re currently working on “A Girl From Mogadishu” from…

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Legislative leaders spike most bill proposals for second session

Legislative leaders on Thursday rejected a majority of new bills proposed for consideration in January, including a number that aimed to revive debates from previous sessions. When the second year of the 128th Legislature continues in 2018, lawmakers won’t debate new proposals related to Maine’s bottle redemption system, metallic mineral…

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U.S. courts and child custody judgments from foreign countries that have sex-discriminatory custody rules

Coulibaly v. Stevance, decided Wednesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals, considers whether Indiana courts should honor a Malian child custody decree (involving Malian citizens). Indiana has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), under which state courts must enforce out-of-state and out-of-country custody decrees if the…

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GPS tether bugs me, says mom in genital mutilation case

Detroit — A West Bloomfield Township woman accused of delivering her daughter to a doctor who mutilated the girl’s genitalia complained Tuesday that her GPS ankle tether is uncomfortable. Fatema Dahodwala, 31, asked a federal judge to remove the tether, a bond condition imposed in the nation’s first case involving female…

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