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Michigan man facing child porn possession charges

If you drive a little more than 20 miles northeast of Ann Arbor, you will arrive in Novi. The Detroit suburb is the home of a man recently arrested by Michigan State Police for possession of child pornography.

Officials said that law enforcement officers found more than 50,000 files "related to child pornography" in the possession of the 27-year-old man. He has been charged with aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.

Long-term effects of parental alienation on the child

As regular readers of our Ann Arbor legal blog know, parental alienation is sometimes a part of high-conflict child custody disputes. A recent Psych Central column by Sharie Stines, Psy.D on the painful phenomenon looked at the long-term effects on the child who has been alienated.

Stines writes that the results of parental alienation "are devastating for the alienated child and can last a lifetime." In those long-lasting cases, the child misses a lifetime loving and supportive relationship with the parent they were "conditioned to reject."

Michigan Payroll Tax Service Owner Charged with Failing to Pay Payroll Taxes

If you drive about 150 miles north of Ann Arbor, you will arrive in the small village of Farwell. A businessman in the town of about 850 residents was recently indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit.

Dale Thrush has been charged with failing to pay his business's payroll taxes to the IRS, as well failing to file his personal tax returns. He's the owner-operator of a Mount Pleasant company that provides payroll tax services to area businesses. Among the services provided: withholding payroll taxes and then forwarding the funds to the IRS.

Attorney Joshi interviewed about 'weaponized divorce'

Family law attorney Dennis Beaver has been writing a syndicated newspaper column called "You and the Law" for more than 30 years. The veteran Bakersfield, California, barrister recently wrote about "weaponized divorce," in which he shared a reader's letter.

"My greatest fears are coming true," the reader wrote. His former spouse is "poisoning" their three children against him, depriving them of his presence and love in their lives. He asks if there's a legal term that describes this kind of sabotaging behavior.

Like any good journalist would, Beaver turned to an expert: Ann Arbor attorney Ashish S. Joshi. In an interview, the two discussed a disturbing family law phenomenon.

Facial recognition gets it all wrong in Michigan arrest

Robert Williams was standing on the front lawn of his Farmington Hills house with his wife and two young daughters when police pulled up, cuffed him and put him in the back of a squad car. His wife asked where he was being taken.

"Google it," an officer responded, as the little girls, 2 and 5 years old, cried.

Michigan Court of Appeals clarifies attorney-client privilege

It is likely that all of our Ann Arbor blog readers have seen at least one courtroom drama on TV or in movies in which attorney-client privilege played a prominent role. While the concept is a familiar one, details of what is and is not privileged communication between a lawyer and client likely remain elusive.

The heavy price of conviction

What is the worst thing that the state of Michigan can do to someone convicted of a crime? The obvious answer is the correct one: the state can sentence that person to spend years of their life in prison. But when people try to think of the next worse thing the state or federal government can do, the answers are not nearly as clear or obvious.

Federal officials investigating alleged virus-related fraud in Michigan

The coronavirus pandemic has upended lives across the U.S. and around the world. Law enforcement officials say they have launched investigations to protect members of an anxious public from various forms of virus-related fraud.

Part V: Understanding parental alienation

In our previous post, we pointed out Attorney Ashish S. Joshi wrote in his article on no-contact orders that courts dealing with high-conflict child custody disputes featuring parental alienation are sometimes warned that an order temporarily preventing contact between an alienating parent and a child will result in long-lasting trauma to the child.

In those situations, courts should remember that no studies show harm to the child done by a no-contact order; no studies show that adults who repaired relationships with estranged parents regretted doing so; and research shows that adults who, as children, disowned a parent regretted that decision.

Part IV: Understanding parental alienation

As regular readers of our Ann Arbor legal blog know, we have in recent posts delved into the complex issue of parental alienation - a phenomenon in some high-conflict custody disputes described by Attorney Ashish S. Joshi as a "mental condition in which a child . . . allies himself or herself strongly with an alienating parent and rejects a relationship with the 'target' parent without legitimate justification."

In our previous post, we noted that in cases of extreme parental alienation, knowledgeable mental health professionals will often recommend a no-contact period of three to six months between the favored parent (the one responsible for the alienation) and the child. That period allows the child a period to recover emotionally and reestablish a relationship with the rejected parent.

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