Fraser man accused of trying to run over a kitten

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

WOODHAVEN, Mich. — 20-year-old Justin Coppola of Fraser is accused of trying to run over a six-week-old kitten around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a Meijer parking lot in Woodhaven all while an off-duty Taylor police officer and his wife looked on. “Setting the cat on the ground, backing up trying to run it over, and then when he didn’t successfully …

Gay Mom Turned Down By Supreme Court

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

Renee Harmon seeks custody of three children she raised with former partner By Tara Cavanaugh Originally printed (Issue 1929 – Between The Lines News) After being turned away from the Michigan Supreme Court, Renee Harmon, a mother who has not seen her three children in two years, will now pursue her case through federal court. Harmon is seeking custody rights …

A Landmark Gay Custody Battle

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

by David Ashenfelter Posted April 17, 2010 In a ruling that could have broad and precedent-setting legal consequences, a Downriver woman cleared the first hurdle Friday in her bid to get joint custody of three children she says she raised with the biological mother. If the decision stands up on appeal, it would be the first time gays, lesbians and …

Custody Battle Heads To Top Michigan Court

In Media Mentions, Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

By Michelle Garcia Posted on Advocate.com December 23, 2010 The Michigan supreme court will decide next month whether it will hear a case from a lesbian who is requesting joint custody of her nonbiological children that she and her former partner raised together until September 2009. Renee Harmon has not seen the three children — 8-year-old twin boys and an …

They Are My Children, Too

In Media Mentions, Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

by Jessica Carreras Originally printed 2/25/2010 (Issue 1808 – Between The Lines News) Renee Harmon of Trenton has one wish this year: to be with her three children again. As more and more same-sex couples are willing and able to have and adopt children, custody battles have sprung up all over the United States due to a lack of clear …