November 2010

Washtenaw County judge dismisses charges of operating under the influence in fatal crash, but second-degree murder charge stands

Art Aisner
November 30, 2010

Michael Kelly was in the midst of a psychotic episode when his vehicle crossed the median of US-23 and crashed into oncoming traffic, killing a man last spring, said his attorney, Andrew Abood. But Kelly was not under the influence of any drugs at the time.

A Washtenaw County district judge affirmed that argument, dismissing two felony counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence following a competency hearing in district court. But Kelly still faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter with a motor vehicle at his preliminary hearing on Dec. 17.

October 2010

‘Super Drunk’ Law Takes Effect Oct. 31

October 25, 2010

If you’re arrested for drunk driving and it’s your first time, you can lose your license, pay a fine or get jail time but if you’re super drunk, you’re looking at much bigger penalities.

“The high BAC bill targets first time offenders who register a .17 or above,” said Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings, III.

That is more than twice the legal limit. A third of all drunk driving arrests in Michigan result in blood alcohol contents of .17 and above. The new “super drunk” category of the law combats a growing problem.


Alumni start criminal justice mentorship program

Taylor Trammell
The South End
October 3, 2010

A group of Wayne State alumni has started a program to help prepare students early for a career in criminal justice. The Criminal Justice Mentoring Program kicks off Oct. 7 at a meet-and-greet in downtown Detroit’s La Casa De La Habana, 1502 Randolph St.

The program, started by the alumni who are members of the Criminal Justice Alumni Advisory Board, is only for incoming freshman and is slated for the fall and winter semesters. The program is open to students of any major who are interested in a career in criminal justice.

September 2010

Murder Charges Dropped Against 3

September 27, 2010

LANSING – Charges are dismissed against three of the seven men charged in the shooting death of a young Lansing woman in July. Charles Kunta Lewis, Ralphael Crenshaw and Nicholas Brown saw the murder and robbery charges against them dismissed Monday, during a preliminary examination in Lansing. It was determined that not enough evidence existed to place them at the scene of the July 23rd shooting on Lenore Street. 19-year-old Shayla Johnson was killed when a group of men stormed her home and shot her several times.



June 2010

Ingham County Bar Foundation holds golf outing

Roberta M. Gubbins

Legal News
June 24, 2010

The team of Andrew Abood, Clint VanNocker, Jerome Abood, and Carrie Jean Cousino with a score of 60 were the winners of Division One of the Ingham County Bar Foundation (ICBF) Annual Memorial Golf Classic, held at the Country Club of Lansing on June 14, 2010. Their names will be engraved on the trophy that they can proudly display for a year.

The second division winning team was Jan Cunningham, Thomas L. Lapke, Kel Scott, and Steven A. Transeth with a score of 64. Third division winners, with a score of 68, were the team of Hon. Richard Ball, Hon. William Collette, Paul Ross and James McDaniel.


May 2010

University of Michigan student to undergo mental competency hearing in fatal crash

Juliana Keeping
May 27, 2010

A University of Michigan student criminally charged with causing a crash on US-23 that killed an Algonac man has since been diagnosed with schizophrenia, his attorney said today.

Michael Ronald Kelly, 21, is charged with second-degree murder, operating while intoxicated causing death, manslaughter with a motor vehicle and operating with the presence of a controlled substance following the March 12 crash that killed 25-year-old Brandon Robert Rapp.


Andrew Abood Speaks on Chicago Radio Station WGN About His Withdraw from the Drew Peterson Case.

Part I. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7_fw4noRzI

Part II. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMIWD87dYR0



Spartans’ Wilson gets 21-day jail term

Adam Rittenberg
April 1, 2010

Michigan State defensive lineman Oren Wilson was sentenced Wednesday to 21 days in jail for his involvement in a November residence hall assault.

Wilson, who also received 12 months’ probation and must perform community service, had pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery in the Nov. 22 incident, admitting to punching one person and kicking another.

He was the last of 11 Michigan State players to be sentenced and the fourth to receive jail time.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said last week that Wilson was in the process of transferring from the university. But Wilson’s lawyer told reporters Wednesday that Wilson wants to return to the team and had plans to contact Dantonio.


Wilson gets jail time, seeks return to Spartans

Adam Rittenberg
April 1, 2010

Michigan State nose tackle Oren Wilson will serve 21 days in jail for his involvement in the November residence hall assault.

Wilson’s sentence Wednesday wasn’t a major surprise, as he had pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery after admitting to kicking one person and punching another in the Nov. 22 incident. He also received 12 months probation and community service.

All 11 sentences have now been handed out to the Michigan State players who pleaded guilty to assault. Four have received jail time — Glenn Winston (180 days), Roderick Jenrette (90 days), Wilson and Fred Smith (five days) — while the others got probation and community service. Four players charged were reinstated last week for spring practice, while five are seeking transfers and both Winston and Jenrette were dismissed Nov. 24.

March 2010

Ex-Judge Spends Night in Jail in Reckless-Driving Case

Martha Neil

ABA Journal

March 29, 2010

A former Michigan judge who was removed from the bench in a June 2008 state supreme court opinion spent a night in jail over the weekend after a reckless driving arrest before being freed on $5,000 bond.

After initially being arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving, Beverly Nettles-Nickerson was charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest, according to the Lansing State Journal and WLNS-TV 6.

But she was not charged with drunken driving, the LSJ article says, and one of her lawyers says she had not been drinking. Further, Meridian Township police never gave her even a field sobriety test, even though Nettles-Nickerson requested a breath test, says attorney Andrew Abood. The police “arrested her for drunk driving without doing a single, standard procedure in regards to a drunk-driving arrest.”


Andrew Abood speaks on using social media to build a law practice

Roberta M. Gubbins
Legal News
March 25, 2010

“How did you get your last client?” Andrew Abood asked the group of attorneys attending the ICBA Luncheon Lecture held on March 17th at the Michael Frank building in Lansing. The answers given between sips of bright green lemonade in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, included

“Through our website; referral from other attorneys; and referrals from clients.”

February 2010

 Three MSU football players plead guilty in fight case

Dan Kilbridge
Lansing State Journal
February 26, 2010

EAST LANSING – The final three current or former Michigan State University football players charged in connection with a fight last year at MSU’s Rather Hall pleaded guilty Thursday.

Junior defensive tackle Oren Wilson, junior defensive back Chris L. Rucker and freshman receiver Myles White all admitted to having roles in the Nov. 22 incident, which resulted in charges against 11 players.

Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, while a charge of conspiracy to commit assault was dropped. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 31.


 Deputies take liquor inspections too far at Superior Township party store, attorney claims

Lee Higgins
February 17, 2010

Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputies have recently conducted “warrantless searches and seizures” at The Party Store in Superior Township while claiming they were part of liquor inspections, the store’s attorney alleges.

Attorney Jeffrey Lance Abood mailed a letter Tuesday to Sheriff Jerry Clayton and other officials to inform them of what he calls “blatant misconduct” by deputies.

According to the letter, the store’s owner, Ziad Abuziad, has been subject to “breathalyzers and body searches,” during which nothing illegal was found.