Attorney General Bill Schuette

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   A Marquette County physician faces eight counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting two female patients.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says Jonathan Robertson, 43, was arraigned Wednesday in Marquette District Court and ordered held on a $2 million cash surety bond. Robertson has offices in Marquette and Traverse City.

No investigation into Schuette, judges say

Aug 21, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Ingham County Circuit Court Monday determined there will not be a grand jury investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Attorney General Bill Schuette. 

A petition brought by former Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano called for a grand jury investigation into Schuette, alleging the Attorney General broke the law by using state employees to help sell personal real estate. It also alleged that Schuette “stacked his office with political loyalists and cronies.”

But judges unanimously decided to deny the request for an investigation into the claims.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate for the November election. 

Schuette is the Republican nominee for governor – he won about 50 percent of his party’s vote in the primary. If Schuette is successful in the general election, Lyons will be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Civil Rights Commission plans to ignore a recent opinion from the state’s attorney general on LGBTQ rights. 

In May the Commission decided to include LGBTQ individuals as members of a protected class under Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Last week Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion that state law does not protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Houghton Police Department are warning about disaster scammers. 

Schuette toured flood damage in the Copper Country Friday. WLUC-TV reports Schuette says scammers are always looking for a way to make money. Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly says residents should especially watch out for those who want to quick seal damaged basements. He says steer clear of anyone who says it has to be done immediately.

Residents should also be careful of so-called contractors going door-to-door to sell their services.

IRON RIVER, MI--   The license of a U.P. psychologist has been suspended for alleged sexual misconduct with patients.

Schuette says tugboat caused straits damage

Apr 19, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that he’s filing a lawsuit against a shipping company allegedly responsible for the break of two power lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

In a written press release the AG says Escanaba-based VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc. dragged an anchor across the bottom of the straits, causing dents in the Line 5 pipeline and rupturing two power lines owned by American Transmission Company.

Andrea Bitely is a spokesperson for the AG. She says the company could face a $25,000 fine.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A federal judge says the Michigan Department of Corrections cannot deny good conduct credits to former juvenile lifers who are now entitled to parole hearings. 

The decision revokes part of a state law adopted to comply with a 2012 U-S Supreme Court decision. That decision said automatic life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

Deborah LaBelle is an attorney with the ACLU. She says the state is making it too hard for this group of Michigan inmates to win their freedom.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund.

In an opinion released Monday and dated Nov. 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.

The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. 

That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting.