West Michigan legal news links

Ottawa County Prosecutor Kent Engle has announced his candidacy for retiring circuit judge Calvin Bosman’s seat.

RhemDcolorUPDATE: David A. Rhem, pictured left, a partner at Varnum LLP, has also announced his candidacy for Bosman’s seat. The seat will be filled during the November 2010 election.




Muskegon County Drain Commissioner Jeffrey Hepler has been charged with making a false police report. Hepler allegedly reported to police that his motorcycle was stolen after crashing it last August.

Attorney General Mike Cox said that he’ll go to court to force the closure of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in order to protect Lake Michigan from Asian carp.

Two Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Michigan State University College of Law professors have started a project to legalize e-marriages (in which couples are allowed to marry over the internet under the laws of whatever jurisdiction they choose).

State bill would freeze two local judge seats

“The verdict from Allegan and Ottawa counties is clear — they want to keep their circuit court judges,” The Holland Sentinel is reporting.

“A proposal in the state Senate designed to save money would reduce the number of judges in several counties, though not permanently….

“Ottawa County has four circuit court judges: Chief Judge Edward Post and judges Calvin Bosman, Jon Hulsing and Jon Van Allsburg.

“The bill would keep open any circuit court position now occupied by a judge over the age of 70 who, by law, cannot run for another term in the November election.”