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A Detroit woman was pulled over last week by Sterling Heights police for running a red light. Then, her car was impounded for the possession of her own prescription medication. Now Sterling Heights police are demanding $1,000 in exchange for her car after the Sterling Heights have basically “been trying to find a way to extort money from her,” according to attorney Barton Morris.

A Detroit woman was pulled over by Sterling Heights police for running a red light. Next thing she knew, her car was impounded for the possession of her own prescription medication. Attorney Barton Morris is preparing to fight for the return of her car.

Principal attorney Barton Morris “surprises” the attorney general after winning an acquittal for nurse Liza Barnett. Barnett was a nurse at MediLodge in Farmington Hills when she was fired for “intentionally falsifying medical records.”

Her attorney, Barton Morris of Barton Morris Law Firm, said Barnett was attempting to correct an error when the state claimed she intentionally falsified a record. The patient in question was under the care of several nurses, according to Morris.

“Because of these new laws and emergency regulations, companies from all over the country—legitimate companies—are coming here and investing in the city of Detroit,” attorney Barton Morris said at the press conference. “They’re investing in the state of Michigan. They’re investing in our economy in order to bring regulated commercial cannabis cultivation here in the city.”

A Detroit restaurant owner originally from Jamaica was accused of selling marijuana out of his restaurant when Detroit Police raided it and found 9 ounces of marijuana. But the defense in court “changed everything.”

The law is called civil forfeiture- meaning if cops find illegal pot in your car or home or on your boat or whatever, they can seize those items and make you pay to get it back. This is true even if you are not convicted of the initial crime. For Crystal, it cost her $1,200 for $10 in pot. “It’s policing for profit,” Barton said.

Morris wrote that state law specifically says it is the last word on motor vehicle noise in Michigan, “and no local ordinance can pre-exempt it.” He went on to state: “The city’s ordinance is blatantly in violation of state law. … Many people who are simply enjoying the summer with their cars on Woodward feel harassed.”

Barton Morris, who protested the tickets, says he was informed that not all of these tickets would be tossed. “Only to the extent that they were written for a driver that was actually traveling on the highway, because it was Dave Gillaim’s…in his response he stated that he still has the ability to enforce it to those who were parked,” said Morris.

State law specifically says it is the last word on motor vehicle noise in Michigan, “and no local ordinance can pre-exempt it,” attorney Barton Morris said. In his letter to Royal Oak City Hall, Morris minced no words: “The City’s ordinance is blatantly in violation of state law and its concerning because it is our understanding that these tickets have been issued hundreds of times. Many people who are simply enjoying the summer with their cars on Woodward feel harassed.”

The city of Royal Oak is cracking down on loud drivers by issuing tickets to drivers, and cruisers are working to fight the tickets. Attorney Barton Morris says that is unlawful and he plans to put the brakes on it, once and for all.

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