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4 Quarters with Coach Mark Mandell: Holiday Drunk Driving

While the holidays are meant for coming together and giving thanks for what we have, this year will no doubt be a little different. Whether you are Zoom calling your family or choose to travel, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a dangerous time to be on the road. Thanksgiving Eve has come to represent an evening of heavy drinking, due to many individuals returning to their hometown celebrating the holiday. In this episode of "4 Quarters with Coach Mark Mandell," I am breaking down the consequences of Drinking and Driving this holiday season.

Opinion: Ending Qualified Immunity Is Bad Public Policy

Recently, I had the opportunity to write an opinionated article for the Michigan Police Chiefs magazine regarding the topic of ending qualified immunity. In recent months, we have seen those on the political left and right calling for expanded personal civil liability of police officers by ending the protections of the "qualified immunity" doctrine. In this article, I will give my thoughts, on why ending qualified immunity is just bad public policy. You can read the full magazine below - my article begins on Page 10 - or you can click here.

Witnesses Against a Criminal Defendant Must be in Person

Last week, the Michigan Supreme Court held that video testimony from a witness for the prosecution was unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, the Court stated that the defendant in a criminal trial had the right to confront witnesses against him in person. While the decision follows the long legal history about the Confrontation Clause, the decision comes during the Coronavirus pandemic and the age of Zoom meetings.

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