Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 15, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 04/15/2014

Man who killed trooper tried suicide

JACKSON — Authorities say a man who was sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper tried to kill himself. reports that Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said in an email that Eric Knysz tried to hang himself with a bed sheet Monday afternoon. Knysz was being held at a detention center in Jackson and Marlan says he was taken to a local hospital.

State Police Lt. Chris McIntire says Knyze was on a ventilator.

Knysz was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trooper Paul Butterfield II in Mason County. He was sentenced last Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


ACLU wants gay marriages recognized

DETROIT — Same-sex couples who were married hours after Michigan’s ban on gay nuptials was overturned sued Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday to try to force the state to recognize their newlywed status and grant the legal benefits that come with it.

More than 300 couples were married in four counties on a Saturday in March, a day after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s gay marriage ban. But Snyder won’t recognize those marriages while a higher court considers an appeal of the decision — a process that could take months or even longer.

No matter what happens, the marriages were legally performed before an appeals court stepped in and suspended the historic ruling and must be recognized, said Jay Kaplan, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

He said the couples’ rights to Equal Protection under the U.S. Constitution are being violated by Snyder.

“By retroactively stripping ... marriages of legal recognition, the governor has placed plaintiffs and their families in an intolerable state of legal limbo that threatens their well-being, health, financial security and family integrity,” the lawsuit states.

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