FRIDAY NEWS HIT – – Arnold E. Reed faced Cliff Woodard in the courthouse for more than 15 years.
Before becoming friends, they were rival lawyers who met in front of judges many times to discuss their case.
“Actually we were opponents in one case and he pushed me further and I called one of my friends and I said, ‘Who is this Cliff Woodard character?'” Reed said.
Woodard died this week after crashing into a Detroit police cruiser at an intersection of W. Chicago and Jeffries early Monday morning. The officers inside reportedly ran a red light when the two vehicles crashed. He was a loved character in the community and known as a passionate advocate of civil and human rights.
Now Woodard becomes a courtroom opponent represent his family in the event of his death.
Case of a prominent lawyer killed in a crash on a DPD cruiser taken over by a former rival
A tragic crash on a police cruiser in Detroit claims the life of a prominent lawyer. Now a former rival in the courtroom is trying to do justice to Cliff Woodards’ family. Litigation is possible, but not necessarily the goal.
“It’s different when someone has a long-term illness and you can somehow prepare, and even in situations like this you’re never fully prepared,” Reed said. “But if this is instant, and you spoke to a person a few weeks ago or a month ago and then received this message. This is really one that we took very hard.”
While the Detroit Police Department has put the officers involved on administrative leave, attorneys Reed and Arnold Reed II are conducting their own investigations into the collision.
They also applaud Chief James Craig’s candor during the troubled times.
“A lot of people talk about the blue code of silence. Well, you’ve seen this boss don’t work with him,” Reed said. “From what I’ve seen in this particular case, he calls it what he sees. And we assume that he will continue to call it what he sees, regardless of who is wearing the uniform or who does not.”
A funeral for the late attorney is prepared while the family deal with their loss.
Additionally, the Reed team spoke to Woodard’s family about the opportunity to create a foundation and scholarship for the Black Law Students Association at Wayne State University.
Third Michigan resident arrested for Capitol Riot actions
A Shelby Township man this week admitted to authorities that he has participated on January 6th at the Capitol Riot. He was accused of entering a restricted building without permission and forcible access to the Capitol Grounds.
Prosecutors say they found pictures of James Allen Mels in the capital that day. They were first made aware of his actions after a close friend told the FBI that he had been there.
Mels says he went to Washington DC to show a copy of the United States Constitution and hear his voice.
According to an affidavit, Mels had traveled with eleven other “like-minded patriots” whom he had met online. They all believed the misconception that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.
The third Michigan man indicted in the US Capitol Riot said prosecutors wanted to “produce a copy of the constitution.”
A Shelby Township man confirmed he was in the U.S. Capitol during the January riot and gave prosecutors pictures from his phone showing him participating in the riot.
Detroit expands immunization eligibility to people with disabilities
Mayor Mike Duggan announced Thursday that people aged 18 and over have a physical or mental disability can plan now an appointment to get a coronavirus vaccine.
Disorders that would be considered a disability include cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, muscular dystrophy, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, spinal bifida, or hearing or visual aids.
Detroit has expanded its eligibility to purchase a vaccine continuously, albeit slightly, as food intakes have increased slightly over the weeks.
So far, about 44,000 doses have been administered to Detroit residents, about 82% of the doses received by the city.
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The city of Detroit continues to expand access to COVID-19 for people in the city, now adding people with physical or mental disabilities.
Staffords pledges $ 1 million for the education center
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wife Kelly say they will Gift a million dollars say to Detroit to launch charitable campaign for new education center.
The Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center will be a 20,000 square foot facility that will include six classrooms, study labs, vocational training rooms and a theater.
SAY Detroit, founded by newspaper columnist Mitch Albom, will lay the foundation stone for the new facility in the near future. It took $ 2 million to get started. The Staffords invited several other partners to offer philanthropic roles as well.
“This is the legacy we want to leave behind,” said Kelly Stafford. Matthew played his last game as quarterback for the Lions in the 2020-21 season.
What we see
- The Heat and Warmth Fund is hosting its 18th annual Winter Survival Radiothon on Friday evening. It raises money to support people threatened by the extreme cold.
- Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was invited to attend an oval office meeting with four other governors and mayors to discuss the American bailout plan.
- A new drive-through vaccination facility has opened in northern Macomb County for people over the age of 65. The new project, which opens at 32 Mile Road in Richmond, is announced today.
- Detroit’s 101 WRIF is celebrating the station’s 50th anniversary this Sunday. Throughout the weekend, the presenters will look back on some of the best moments on the air
- Yes, the air is cold outside. In fact, it’s cold enough for the Plymouth Ice Festival to be held in downtown Plymouth this weekend. The exhibition will show 80 sculptures
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Some storms will fall on Friday morning before we are mostly cloudy for the whole day. About 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected to fall on Saturday.
The cold pattern continues with a cold weekend
Rich Luterman has the forecast.
According to Biden, the federal government has bought enough COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government has bought Another 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and by summer almost every American will be able to get vaccinated.
“We’ve now bought enough vaccine to vaccinate all Americans, and now we’re working to get those vaccines into the arms of millions of people,” Biden said.
Biden added that in the first three weeks of his tenure, his government increased the number of weekly vaccine deliveries to states by nearly 30%.
“When I became president three weeks ago, America had no plan to vaccinate most of the country,” Biden said. “That means millions more Americans will receive the vaccine in February than the previous administration planned.”