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June 2012 Archives

Who Killed Jane Bashara? Violent Crime in the Burbs

The ongoing violent crime saga of who killed Jane Bashara, the deceased wife of Bob Bashara, took a very strange turn yesterday. Authorities say they have Bob Bashara on tape offering $2,000 to a hit man to kill Joseph Gentz, the man Bob Bashara allegedly hired to kill Jane Bashara. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy stated that Bashara had numerous meetings with several different individuals between June 8 and June 25 regarding killing Gentz as he waits in jail before his trial on July 23. Bashara is expected to be arraigned today in 36th District Court in Detroit. Worthy stated in a press conference earlier today that Bashara was being charged with one count of solicitation to murder.

White Collar Crime Mistrial Means Government Gets a Second Chance

The Detroit White Collar Crime Bid Rigging Trial of Bobby Ferguson ended as a mistrial today when jurors were unable to reach a verdict on any count. U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson granted the defense's motion for a mistrial after jurors deliberated for six days but could not come to a consensus on any of the charges against Ferguson, two co-defendants and three businesses that were also indicted on 24 total charges. Ferguson and his associates were charged in an illegal white collar crime scheme to obtain a $12 million housing contract from Detroit. Other charges included money laundering, mail fraud, and illegal gun possession by a felon.

Michigan Hit-and-Run

Several reports of Michigan hit-and-run accidents have been in the spotlight recently around the metro-Detroit area. In Harrison Township, a woman is being held in jail on $50,000 bond for striking a 17-year-old bicyclist. She is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Another accident occurred in Pittsfield Township where two teen siblings from Royal Oak were killed when a minivan attempted to merge into the same lane as the vehicle they were in. The driver in that accident has not been found.

"Drunk" Driving Includes Marijuana in Michigan

When it comes to drunk driving, hundreds of drivers in Michigan die each year from alcohol-related accidents where one of the drivers had a blood-alcohol level (BAC) of .08+. The consequences to the driver can be severe, including the possibility of 15 years in prison. What many individuals do not realize is that these same consequences arise when a fatal accident occurs as the result of a driver being under the influence of marijuana. A DUI is not just a crime involving drinking and driving.

Federal Jury Deliberates Bobby Ferguson's Fate in White Collar Case

One month after the start of the Bobby Ferguson bid rigging trial, the white-collar crime case was sent to a Detroit federal jury to begin deliberations. June 15, 2012 was the first day the jury began deliberating the guilt or innocence of Ferguson. He is accused of federal crimes in Detroit involving rigging contract bids in an effort to secure a $12-million project at the low-income housing project Garden View Estates. According to the prosecution, Ferguson allegedly ran Xcel Construction Services, the construction manager of the project, and authorized over $9 million worth of contracts to be acquired through his other company, Ferguson Enterprises. The prosecution argues that the Xcel checkbook was in Ferguson's possession, which is tantamount to controlling the operation, and amounts to a conflict of interest.

Michigan Outlaws Synthetic Narcotics and Drugs, K2 and Spice

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a series of bills aimed at curbing a newly emerging narcotics and drug problem in Michigan.  More specifically, the governor signed new laws banning Spice and K2, and similar synthetic drugs.  The new laws aim to curb the chemicals used to make the drugs and give the state the ability to temporarily ban drugs that are found to be an imminent danger to people's health.

K2 / SPICE / SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA TO BE OUTLAWED

Synthetic marijuana, more commonly known as K2 or Spice in Michigan, has become a cause for concern among the Michigan legislature and state and local police forces. Last Tuesday, the Michigan Senate approved several measures to make the possession, distribution, or sale of the substance illegal while allowing the Michigan Department of Community Health to impose a temporary ban on new substances deemed an imminent danger to people's health. Macomb County, the city of Detroit, and numerous other metro-Detroit governments have already enacted similar measures. The bills will now make their way to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where, upon his signature, the new laws will take effect statewide beginning July 1.

Mr. Freeman keeps client out of jail

Last week, Mr. Freeman helped a client walk out of Oakland County Circuit Court with his family instead of potentially facing months incarcerated. The client was charged with home invasion and the prosecution requested jail time. Mr. Freeman convinced the Judge to agree to give the client a chance to prove himself and sentenced the client under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA). HYTA is a program that gives a defendant an opportunity to prove to the court that he does not deserve to have a criminal record. HYTA is available for defendants 17 to 20 years of age, and for charges that do not carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, major controlled substance offenses, or traffic offenses.