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Michigan State Police launches criminal investigation after possible flawed breathalyzer test results

January 13, 2020

Michigan State Police launches criminal investigation after possible flawed breathalyzer test results

In a letter written to police and prosecutors statewide, state police officials warned law enforcement agencies about “performance-related issues” with the Datamaster DMT breathalyzer devices, according to The Detroit News. Such issues could affect drunken driving cases.

Read more at WXYZ Detroit

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Michigan Supreme Court gives green light to phones in courts

January 9, 2020

Photos or video, however, are prohibited unless approved by a judge.

The public can now bring electronic devices into courtrooms to take notes, use the internet or exchange email and text messages.

Read more at WZZM13

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In Michigan, legal age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices is now 21

January 8, 2020

The federal minimum age for purchasing any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, jumped to 21 on Dec. 20.

Michigan 18-year-olds can vote, buy rifles or register for the military draft, yet they are now too young to legally buy cigarettes or vaping devices.

Read more at the Detroit Free Press

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New 'porch pirate' law takes effect Dec. 16

December 16, 2019

On Dec. 16th, a new state law took effect to combat "porch pirates."

On Monday, a new state law takes effect to close the gap. If caught stealing, mail thieves could face fines and up to a year in jail. Repeat offenders could face up to five years in prison.

Read more at Fox17

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