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Interview: 22nd Circuit Court Challenger Michael Woodyard Pledges To Dispense Justice “Fairly.”

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by P.D. Lesko Michael Woodyard is either Gandalf or Saruman, it just depends on whom you ask. He is challenging Judge Timothy Connors for his seat on the 22nd Circuit Court, a seat Connors has either warmed, or filled admirably, depending on whom you ask. In Washtenaw County, local lawyers simply don’t run against judicial [...]

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Crime,Elections,Featured,Interviews,Politics,Safety | Read More »

Ann Arbor Mayor and Council Member Live in Highest Crime Neighborhoods

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by P.D. Lesko It pays, literally, to live in at least one of the high rent neighborhoods in Ann Arbor. Specifically, outgoing Ward 2 Council member Tony Derezinski’s neighborhood. Between January and September 2012, within a 1 mile radium of Derezinski’s home, there were just 27 crimes reported, the majority of them forced entry burglaries. [...]

October 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Crime,Featured,Police,Safety | Read More »

A New Copyright Lawsuit May Result in the Prosecution of Educators & Students Who Share Digital Materials

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by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest textbook publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first [...]

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Books,Crime,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

Take This Job and Shiv It! Michigan Republicans Push to Monetize the Operations of Prison System & Prisoner Labor

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A2P Notes: This is the debut of Amy Kerr Hardin on A2Politico. However, it is not her first foray into politics or writing. She is an experienced political consultant, and in her neck of the woods (near Traverse City, Michigan) she has worked on multiple candidate campaigns. Get her answering machine and you will hear [...]

March 18th, 2012 | Posted in Crime,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr]: Ann Arbor’s Mayor Hieftje Talks About Crime Spree

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John Hieftje sat down to an interview with AnnArbor.com’s “editorial board,” almost one year ago to talk about the city’s budget. The city’s CFO Tom Crawford tagged along, primarily to nod, as it is commonly known around City Hall that Crawford uses his fingers to count, and that certain staffers in the finance department do [...]

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Crime,Featured,Fire,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr],Police,Safety | Read More »

Mayor & Police Chief’s Longtime Claims That “Crime Is Down” Bogus? AAPD Sources Reveal Crime Reports Not Filed & Allege Crimes Misclassified

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A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first. In answer to how often the officers on Ann Arbor’s police department simply skip the step of filing official police reports, a source within the AAPD told A2Politico: “Probably four times per month and all of the officers are doing this. [...]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Crime,Featured,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

John Hieftje Still “Pretty Comfortable” With Deep Cuts to Police After Attacks On Five Women?

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[A2P Notes: This is an open letter to Ann Arbor's Mayor, John Hieftje. After it was posted, Hieftje spoke to AnnArbor.com: He "said an investigation into five recent attacks on women in the city, including two rapes Monday, is being treated with the highest priority. Police Chief Barnett Jones can have whatever resources he needs in the [...]

July 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Crime,Featured,Police,Safety | Read More »

Police Department Citizens Action Committee Uses Social Media and Email Campaign to Pressure Politicos to Rescind Cuts to Emergency Services

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John Hieftje has a mantra: “crime is down.” On September 8, 2009, A2Politico posted a Whisper about Mayor Hieftje’s email response to Sunset area neighbors concerned about a growing number of daylight break-ins. On September 10, 2009, the Ann Arbor Police Department issued a Crime Alert, and a representative from the AA Police Department met with concerned neighbors. [...]

June 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Crime,Featured,Fire,Police,Safety | Read More »

The Politics of Policing: Crime Up In Ann Arbor

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Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje has a track record of making it up as he goes along, particularly where the issue of crime in the city is concerned. Over the past several months, there have been multiple armed robberies of banks. In September of 2009, in response to a citizen email about a spate of [...]

March 28th, 2011 | Posted in Crime,Safety | Read More »

The Politics of Panhandling: Royal Oak Bans Begging. Ann Arbor Protects It.

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According to the ACLU of Michigan, the right to panhandle is guaranteed in the Constitution. According to a piece yesterday in the Detroit Free Press, the ACLU of Michigan sent a letter today to Royal Oak officials asking that police stop enforcing an ordinance that makes begging a crime. The ACLU also asked that city officials to [...]

February 8th, 2011 | Posted in Crime,Urban Exile | Read More »

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