Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far. The court said experts can’t tell a jury that children usually don’t lie when reporting sexual abuse. The court also said a doctor can’t give an opinion about whether an assault occurred if the conclusion simply is an opinion about the alleged victim’s truthfulness. Justice Brian Zahra noted there was a lack of evidence in the cases.
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Federal funding will enable Alpena Community College to step up its use of interactive video to treat patients dealing with opioid addiction in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $500,000 to expand telemedicine treatments at 25 locations in the region. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says the funding will ensure that patients get the care they need without having to travel long distances.
DETROIT (AP) — A woman who was sentenced to prison because a judge believed she would use drugs while pregnant has been released after the Michigan appeals court accused him of “extreme bias.” Samantha Hughes gave birth to a boy on July 2. The appeals court on Tuesday threw out her 13-month sentence for tampering with an electronic device and ordered her release from prison. Judge Thomas Power has no regret about his decision. He tells The Associated Press: “This isn’t even a close call.”
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three black women say a white man shouted racist abuse at them at a Denny’s in Michigan but when they complained to the manager, he tried to kick them out. LaMaya McGuire, Jennifer McEwen and Sasha Collins say the attack occurred Oct. 14 at the Delta Township restaurant. A security camera videoed the man’s female companion punching one of them. The Lansing State Journal reports that the women say Denny’s hasn’t taken corrective action. A Denny’s spokesman says the manager no longer works there.