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September 2, 2004 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department conceded Wednesday that in its zeal to win convictions in a terrorism case in Detroit last year, prosecutors engaged in "a pattern of mistakes and oversights" that may constitute criminal misconduct. The case was the first major terrorism prosecution after the Sept. 11 attacks and had been hailed by U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft as an example of the government's successful campaign to disrupt terrorist "sleeper cells" in the country.
August 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction platform fell as four workmen were painting a highway overpass in Detroit, killing one and critically injuring the other three, police said. The men, who worked for a company contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation, were working on an overpass of Interstate 75.
April 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Shots fired at a carload of partygoers killed three people and wounded another on Detroit's west side. The shootings occurred on the eve of a planned citywide day of prayer against violence. A 22-year-old man, 22-year-old woman and 21-year-old woman died. The survivor, a 21-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital and was in serious condition. Homicides in Detroit fell from 615 in 1991 to 361 in 2003.
March 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men who threw white paint on the Joe Louis fist, a sculpture in Detroit that commemorates the black boxing great, pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property. Brett Cashman, 45, and John T. Price, 27, face up to five years in prison, but prosecutors recommended that they pay $1,000, serve 30 days in jail and the rest of the time on probation.
February 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
Three men plotted to ruin the head of the FBI's Detroit office by falsely accusing him of leaking sensitive information to drug dealers, authorities said Thursday. Willie T. Hulon, who had been recalled to FBI headquarters in Washington during the investigation, will return to his duties in Detroit, said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. Mueller said Hulon deserved praise for his "patience and perseverance" during the now-completed internal investigation.
February 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The head of the FBI field office in Detroit has been temporarily removed from his post, making him the latest of several law enforcement officials there to face review over the handling of high-profile terrorism cases. At issue is the use by agents of confidential informants. A federal judge is considering whether to overturn the convictions of three defendants in one case.
December 10, 2003 | From Reuters
A Detroit radio station has been fined $27,500 for airing a show during which the hosts and listeners described strange and explicit sex techniques, including physical assaults on women. The Federal Communications Commission also warned Viacom Inc.'s Infinity radio unit, owner of the station that aired the program in 2002, WKRK-FM, that it could face the revocation of its broadcast license if further serious indecency violations occur.
October 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
The days of symphony musicians preparing for performances in a trailer, concertgoers sitting on their coats and patrons standing in the snow to collect tickets, are no more. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra today dedicates the Max M. Fisher Music Center, known as "The Max." The $60-million center includes a restored and modernized Orchestra Hall, a newly built 450-seat performance hall and an education center.
October 2, 2003 | From Reuters
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Detroit-area school acted improperly in barring a student antiwar protester from wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of President Bush and the words "International Terrorist." The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in March claiming that the constitutional rights of student Bretton Barber were violated a month earlier by Dearborn High School when it ordered him either to wear the T-shirt inside out or to go home.
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