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Eastpointe, MI

Michigan bars, restaurants may attract Ohio smoking patrons

I am also a non-smoker who thinks it goes way beyond the governments specified rights to ban a legal activity in a privately owned establishment. I know it has already been said here before but the owner starting his business should be able to decide whether to A.) Cater to non-smokers exclusively B.) Cater to smokers exclusively or C.) Establish a seperate area where non-smokers can patronize along with smokers. It is then all of OUR RIGHT to patronize the establishments of our choice. There is no gray area here. Look at New York banning trans fats in food. This is insane!!!! The government is taking over too much of our everyday lives. Just because something is unhealth doesn't mean educated people shouldn't be allowed to partake in it! Let the government taxes pay for poorly produced public service announcements and scare everyone into making better decisions on their own, instead of taking our decision making ability away!  (Dec 14, 2006 | post #23)

Eastpointe, MI

Judge eases up on party host's penalty

http://www.macombd aily.com/stories/1 21406/loc_20061214 002.shtml Visit the link above for the entire Macomb Daily Story about "Mean" Judge Norene succumbing to the pressure and reducing her sentence. Here are sections from the Macomb Daily article including paraphrased quotes from Judge Redmond followed by my personal comments (sections from article are in brackets): [The judge criticized the media for "media-fueled hysteria" surrounding the case and friends of Granata for their online comments on the case.] My thought: Why is she blaming the media for the hysteria? If this was just a normal court case with a fair and impartial ruling it wouldn't even have made the newspapers & national media. Why does she assume that everyone who posts negative comments about her ruling are Granata's "friends? " [Redmond also criticized the media and public, saying the case has been reported inaccurately, filled with "half-truths and innuendo," and the publicity will harm Granata in the long term. "A judge must be committed to the facts of a given case and the application of the law, and not persuaded by one-sided, media-fueled hysteria," she said. "Make no mistake, the irresponsible and sensationalized accounts that have occurred in this case will leave an irreparable and undeserved stain on this community and will have unimaginable negative effects on this defendant's future -- not in this court -- but in her life in general." She said Granata will be associated with this case whenever she is "Googled " by anyone for the rest of her life. That will affect her in her job, any schooling and family matters.] My thoughts: I would have to believe that there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people (OR MAYBE MORE) that have had tickets for noise infractions or have been arrested for a first time alcohol offense in their younger years and will never have their court case come up on the internet when Googled. Whose fault is it that Granata will have this case follow her for the rest of her life? I'll tell you: "Mean Judge Norene" and her ludacrous ruling on the case!!!  (Dec 14, 2006 | post #1)

Eastpointe, MI

Judge jails teen for being rude in court

I am glad Judge Norene Redmond is finally getting some heat for her knee jerk, irrational courtroom behavior. Here is the story about my "Redmond Run-In" from a few years back: Just before Christmas a few years back my wife and I got in a verbal argument outside our home. Voices were escalated so one of my neighbors called the Eastpointe police (And I have no problem with this.) The officer came out after we had already gone to bed. So I put my clothes on and my wife and I both came to the door. The officer asked the usual questions in a domestic disturbance call. Then "Sherlock Holmes" (i.e. the officer) noticed a scratch on my wife's hand. He asked her where she got it and my wife told the truth. She scratched her hand on the metal hinge on our attic staircase while getting down our X-mas decorations. Well with his "Elementary, my dear Watson" sleuthing, the cop came up with his own idea of how the scratch got there so I was off to jail for the night on a domestic violence charge, with my wife crying and pleading with the officer to just listen to her. After my arraignment I had a pre-trial hearing scheduled and I thought with my wife in my corner that this would be all over with soon. That was until we ran into "Mean Norene." With my wife in the audience I waited for my turn to explain the officer's mistake. I listened to other defendants give their side of the story to Judge Redmond and she heard everything they had to say for the most part. One story in particular from one of the other detainees will show just how imbalanced Judge Redmond is: A repeat drunk driving offender was arrested for the "umteenth " time for a DUI and was crying and saying how he was still getting over the death of some family member and was depressed around the holidays and "yadda yadda yadda." Redmond allowed him out on personal bond until his trial. (Pretty soft for a repeat offender I thought.) Then, as my luck would have it, there was a mix-up at the Macomb County Jail and a whole busload of prisoners were not in the courtroom for their scheduled arraignments. When Judge Redmond asked the Sheriff when he could get them back in the courtroom he explained that it would take some time and it would probably be later that day or in the evening. Well this sent Judge Redmond into a rage. I heard her say that they had to be arraigned that day or be released and that she was going to have to work a longer day than normal and this didn't sit well with her. Of course I was the next one up after the Judge found out she was going to have to work "overtime. " When I tried to explain my story she cut me off and went on one of her now infamous tirades about how she always sees these domestic disputes around the holiday season and that this was just another one of the same cases and that she wasn't going to hear the lame excuses we had about what happened. Then she laid down the proclamation that my wife and I couldn't have any contact whatsoever with each other until my trial date which would be after Christmas and the New Year! When my wife tried to speak (with tears in her eyes) and plead with the Judge she butted in again and scolded her too. She said that she'd seen it all before and that with all the drinking that goes on at the holidays someone would end up dead. Well now I knew who I was dealing with, so I just shut up and hired a good lawyer and eventually everything was cleared up. I remember hoping that after dealing with Judge Redmond that I had just ran into her on a bad day. Now I can see that this Judge lets her temper get the better of her and throws fairness and impartiality out the window and rules on emotion alone. I feel Judge Redmond deserves all the bad press she is finally getting!! Citizens need to be made aware of her actions by the press so next time she is up for election we can all vote her off the bench!  (Dec 13, 2006 | post #4)

Eastpointe, MI

Noisy cell call lands party's host in jail

I am glad Judge Norene Redmond is finally getting some heat for her knee jerk, irrational courtroom behavior. Here is the story about my "Redmond Run-In" from a few years back: Just before Christmas a few years back my wife and I got in a verbal argument outside our home. Voices were escalated so one of my neighbors called the Eastpointe police (And I have no problem with this.) The officer came out after we had already gone to bed. So I put my clothes on and my wife and I both came to the door. The officer asked the usual questions in a domestic disturbance call. Then "Sherlock Holmes" (i.e. the officer) noticed a scratch on my wife's hand. He asked her where she got it and my wife told the truth. She scratched her hand on the metal hinge on our attic staircase while getting down our X-mas decorations. Well with his "Elementary, my dear Watson" sleuthing, the cop came up with his own idea of how the scratch got there so I was off to jail for the night on a domestic violence charge, with my wife crying and pleading with the officer to just listen to her. After my arraignment I had a pre-trial hearing scheduled and I thought with my wife in my corner that this would be all over with soon. That was until we ran into "Mean Norene." With my wife in the audience I waited for my turn to explain the officer's mistake. I listened to other defendants give their side of the story to Judge Redmond and she heard everything they had to say for the most part. One story in particular from one of the other detainees will show just how imbalanced Judge Redmond is: A repeat drunk driving offender was arrested for the "umteenth " time for a DUI and was crying and saying how he was still getting over the death of some family member and was depressed around the holidays and "yadda yadda yadda." Redmond allowed him out on personal bond until his trial. (Pretty soft for a repeat offender I thought.) Then, as my luck would have it, there was a mix-up at the Macomb County Jail and a whole busload of prisoners were not in the courtroom for their scheduled arraignments. When Judge Redmond asked the Sheriff when he could get them back in the courtroom he explained that it would take some time and it would probably be later that day or in the evening. Well this sent Judge Redmond into a rage. I heard her say that they had to be arraigned that day or be released and that she was going to have to work a longer day than normal and this didn't sit well with her. Of course I was the next one up after the Judge found out she was going to have to work "overtime. " When I tried to explain my story she cut me off and went on one of her now infamous tirades about how she always sees these domestic disputes around the holiday season and that this was just another one of the same cases and that she wasn't going to hear the lame excuses we had about what happened. Then she laid down the proclamation that my wife and I couldn't have any contact whatsoever with each other until my trial date which would be after Christmas and the New Year! When my wife tried to speak (with tears in her eyes) and plead with the Judge she butted in again and scolded her too. She said that she'd seen it all before and that with all the drinking that goes on at the holidays someone would end up dead. Well now I knew who I was dealing with, so I just shut up and hired a good lawyer and eventually everything was cleared up. I remember hoping that after dealing with Judge Redmond that I had just ran into her on a bad day. Now I can see that this Judge lets her temper get the better of her and throws fairness and impartiality out the window and rules on emotion alone. I feel Judge Redmond deserves all the bad press she is finally getting!! Citizens need to be made aware of her actions by the press so next time she is up for election we can all vote her off the bench!  (Dec 13, 2006 | post #16)

Eastpointe, MI

Judge jails teen for being rude in court

I am glad Judge Norene Redmond is finally getting some heat for her knee jerk, irrational courtroom behavior. Here is the story about my "Redmond Run-In" from a few years back: Just before Christmas a few years back my wife and I got in a verbal argument outside our home. Voices were escalated so one of my neighbors called the Eastpointe police (And I have no problem with this.) The officer came out after we had already gone to bed. So I put my clothes on and my wife and I both came to the door. The officer asked the usual questions in a domestic disturbance call. Then "Sherlock Holmes" (i.e. the officer) noticed a scratch on my wife's had. He asked her where she got it and my wife told the truth. She scratched her hand on the metal hinge on our attic staircase while getting down our X-mas decorations. Well with his "Elementary, my dear Watson" sleuthing, the cop came up with his own idea of how the scratch got there so I was off to jail for the night on a domestic violence charge, with my wife crying and pleading with the officer to just listen to her. After my arraignment I had a pre-trial hearing scheduled and I thought with my wife in my corner that this would be all over with soon. That was until we ran into "Mean Norene." With my wife in the audience I waited for my turn to explain the officer's mistake. I listened to other defendants give their side of the story to Judge Redmond and she heard everything they had to say for the most part. One story in particular from one of the other detainees will show just how imbalanced Judge Redmond is: A repeat drunk driving offender was arrested for the "umteenth " time for a DUI and was crying and saying how he was still getting over the death of some family member and was depressed around the holidays and "yadda yadda yadda." Redmond allowed him out on personal bond until his trial. (Pretty soft for a repeat offender I thought.) Then, as my luck would have it, there was a mix-up at the Macomb County Jail and a whole busload of prisoners were not in the courtroom for their scheduled arraignments. When Judge Redmond asked the Sheriff when he could get them back in the courtroom he explained that it would take some time and it would probably be later that day or in the evening. Well this sent Judge Redmond into a rage. I heard her say that they had to be arraigned that day or be released and that she was going to have to work a longer day than normal and this didn't sit well with her. Of course I was the next one up after the Judge found out she was going to have to work "overtime. " When I tried to explain my story she cut me off and went on one of her now infamous tirades about how she always sees these domestic disputes around the holiday season and that this was just another one of the same cases and that she wasn't going to hear the lame excuses we had about what happened. Then she laid down the proclamation that my wife and I couldn't have any contact whatsoever with each other until my trial date which would be after Christmas and the New Year! When my wife tried to speak (with tears in her eyes) and plead with the Judge she butted in again and scolded her too. She said that she'd seen it all before and that with all the drinking that goes on at the holidays someone would end up dead. Well now I knew who I was dealing with, so I just shut up and hired a good lawyer and eventually everything was cleared up. I remember hoping that after dealing with Judge Redmond that I had just ran into her on a bad day. Now I can see that this Judge lets her temper get the better of her and throws fairness and impartiality out the window and rules on emotion alone. I feel Judge Redmond deserves all the bad press she is finally getting!! Citizens need to be made aware of her actions by the press so next time she is up for election we can all vote her off the bench!  (Dec 13, 2006 | post #3)

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