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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Female Genital Mutilation is not a ‘nick’ – Don’t let spin hide brutal reality as Michigan trial starts

There’s an old proverb that warns “better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.” That cautionary tale is at work with the realization that female genital mutilation landed on American shores and is growing throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more…

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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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FAITH FILE: OK, Let’s Talk About Cheap Sex, Female Genital Mutilation And Jesus

Now that I have your attention… Federal officials arrested two Muslim women who drove from their Minnesota homes to Detroit to subject their seven-year-old daughters to the horrific — and illegal in the U.S. — practice of female genital mutilation, or female circumcision. “Haseena Halfal, 34, of Plymouth, Minnesota, and…

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Two Minnesota Mothers Charged in Michigan Genital Mutilation Case, Taking Number of Defendants to Eight

DETROIT — Two Minnesota mothers have been charged in an investigation of genital mutilation in an Indian American Muslim sect, months after bringing their daughters to a Detroit-area clinic. A new indictment was unsealed Sept. 14 in Detroit federal court, raising the number of defendants to eight. The eight include…

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Moms Charged In Female Genital Mutilation Case Involving 7-Year-Old Daughters

DETROIT (WWJ) – New charges Thursday connected to an investigation into female genital mutilation (FGM) in Michigan. Federal Prosecutors have indicted two women from Minnesota, accused of bringing their two 7-year-old daughters to Michigan to have the procedure in which genitalia were cut. [INDICTMENT — CAUTION GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND DESCRIPTIONS] The woman…

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FBI Probe Into Female Genital Mutilation Expands Beyond Michigan to New York, California and Illinois

The FBI’s investigation into genital mutilation of girls, some as young as six-years-old, has expanded beyond the original case in Michigan where two doctors were arrested and indicted in April. Girls from Minnesota were taken to Michigan for “treatment” by their parents. A refresher on some of the details: The…

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Michigan doctor to stay in jail in genital mutilation case

A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls from a Muslim sect will remain in jail while she awaits trial after a judge on Wednesday expressed concern that she might try to flee the country. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman took note of the roughly three dozen people who were…

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