Latest Michigan Attorney General's Office News

Conflict over abortion laws won't abate if Roe v. Wade falls

Dec. 02, 2021 13:21 PM EST

On both sides of America’s abortion debate, activists are convinced that Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion — is imperiled as never before. Yet no matter how the current conservative-dominated court handles...

EXPLAINER: Why was Michigan suspect charged with terrorism?

Dec. 01, 2021 19:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teen with terrorism in a deadly mass shooting at his high school, a novel approach made possible by a law enacted after the 9/11 attacks nearly 20 years ago. The state's 2002 anti-terrorism law defines a...

State AG: Redistricting panel shouldn't have met privately

Nov. 22, 2021 15:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's redistricting commission should not have held a private meeting to discuss memos related to racially polarized voting and the federal Voting Rights Act's requirement that people have an opportunity to elect minority candidates, Attorney General Dana Nessel...

Michigan AG says she drank too much at football tailgate

Nov. 10, 2021 20:25 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general apologized Wednesday and said she drank too much booze before last month's Michigan-Michigan State football game. “I might be a terrible bartender,” Dana Nessel said. Nessel told her story...

Key moments in Flint, Michigan’s lead-tainted water crisis

Nov. 10, 2021 18:21 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge’s approval Wednesday of a $626 million settlement for Flint residents and others who were exposed to lead-contaminated water is the latest development in the crisis that started in 2014. That was when the city began taking water from the Flint River...

Ex-priest pleads guilty to sexually abusing teens in 1970s

Nov. 08, 2021 16:03 PM EST

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 79-year-old former priest has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing teens more than 40 years ago when he worked at churches in suburban Detroit. Gary Berthiaume entered pleas Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree...

Four county jail officers to stand trial in inmate's death

Oct. 15, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Four corrections officers in western Michigan have been ordered to stand trial in the 2019 death of a jail inmate who suffered multiple seizures while in a cell. Muskegon County sheriff’s Sgt. David Vanderlaan, and deputies Jeffrey Patterson,...

Michigan AG defends charges in man's death at mall in 2014

Oct. 14, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — New evidence and a fresh look led to charges against four security guards in the 2014 death of a Black man who stopped breathing during a struggle at a suburban Detroit mall, Michigan's attorney general said Thursday. McKenzie Cochran's case got renewed...

Man charged in 1982 disappearance of 9-month-old child

Oct. 14, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Chicago man was charged in Michigan with murder in the disappearance of a 9-month-old girl in 1982, authorities said Thursday. Isiah Williams is accused of taking the child from her mother during a physical altercation when they lived together...

4 charged in death of man at Detroit-area mall in 2014

Oct. 13, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Four people were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, nearly eight years after the death of a Black man who was pinned to the floor by security guards at a suburban Detroit shopping mall. The Michigan attorney general’s office reopened the...