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 Seminar focuses on anti-corruption efforts

The Detroit Midwest Regional Anti-Corruption Seminar will take place Thursday, January 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple in Detroit.

Among those speaking at the seminar will be U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Wayne State University Law School Professor Peter Henning and Butzel Long Partner David DuMouchel.

Cost is $25 for general admission  and $15 for government employees, in-house counsel and law students. 

To register online, visit


National Archives to showcase Magna Carta

WASHINGTON (AP) — The only original copy of the Magna Carta in the United States is the centerpiece of a new museum gallery at the National Archives, tracing the evolution of rights and freedoms through present day.

The archives this week opened its new “Records of Rights” permanent exhibit in an expanded museum space on the National Mall. Philanthropist David Rubenstein donated $13.5 million to fund the project, along with funds from Congress. 

Rubenstein also is loaning the 1297 copy of Magna Carta to the archives.

Magna Carta was the first English charter to directly challenge the monarchy’s authority. It became a precedent for the concept of freedom under law as envisioned by America’s founding fathers.

The charter will be surrounded with documents and images exploring the evolution of citizenship, equality and free speech.


New penalty trial ordered for man on death row since 1986

HOUSTON (AP) — An El Paso man convicted and sent to death row for the slayings of two women almost 30 years ago has won a new punishment trial.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently agreed with a trial judge’s findings that Angel Galvan Rivera had poor legal help at his 1986 trial in El Paso.

Rivera’s appeals lawyers argued his trial attorneys didn’t properly investigate Rivera’s background or present evidence that could have convinced jurors to decide on a sentence other than death.

The former cook was 27 when 62-year-old Iona Dikes and 82-year-old Julia Fleenor were found strangled at their El Paso home in October 1984.

The house had been set on fire. Evidence showed both women had been raped.


Man: Fire was started by meth, not chicken

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has admitted the fire that damaged an apartment earlier this year started when he was making methamphetamine and not chicken wings as he originally told police.

The Citizen of Auburn reports that Daniel Van Luven, 44, of Moravia, pleaded guilty this week to manufacturing meth.

The plea comes after he and Dawn Royea, 42, were charged with making meth in Royea’s Auburn apartment in May. Police say Van Luven and Royea initially claimed a fire that broke out was sparked by grease from cooking the wings.

Police say their investigation and lab tests determined otherwise.

Van Luven faces a two-year prison sentence. Royea’s case is pending. She’s an inmate at a state prison where she’s serving a sentence for drunken driving.