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By Isaac Robinson on August 8, 2015

Under Granholm’s Stand Your Ground Law, State Senator Virgil Smith could be found Not Guilty
How would you respond to a home invasion at 1 am? How would you protect those in your home?

Under former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Stand Your Ground Law, Michigan State Senator Virgil Smith will be found not guilty if a jury concludes Senator Smith reasonably believed the use of force was necessary to defend himself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual. Senator Smith alleges an assault and home invasion by his ex-wife in the middle of the night on Detroit’s eastside on his property. Under Michigan law, he can assert the stand your ground defense.

Did the shots fired into the car stop the alleged assault and home invasion by his ex-wife? Did he fear his ex-wife would attack his guest? Did his actions defend his guest? If I was his lawyer, I would say yes to those 3 questions. And I would commend Smith for shooting at the car and for not using deadly force on the person committing an assault on his property.

What would you do if your home was being invaded at 1 am on your property?

And let’s not forget the view of Detroit’s Chief of Police James Craig. Craig made national headlines when he said firearms should be used to defend our property in a NRA interview.

Please read over the MLIVE article “Standing your ground in Michigan: A look at the law, efforts to change it, and why they won't succeed,” written by Tim Martin to get a refresher on Michigan’s Stand Your Ground Law. It also includes a pic of Governor Granholm in a hooded sweatshirt.

Also, Check out “Stand Your Ground: Michigan Act Similar To Florida Law Used in Trayvon Martin Case Provokes Repeal Effort” a piece from the The Huffington Post written by Kate Abbey-Lambertz.

I’m not so sure about the Insanity Defense, but if Zimmerman can walk under the circumstances surrounding the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, Smith can definitely be acquitted for shooting at a car while being assaulted in the middle of the night on his own property. I would argue Smith showed restraint and his actions were reasonable to protect his guest. I would argue that Smith shooting at the car helped him take control of a situation and his actions saved his guest from possible harm.

Act 309 of 2006

780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.
Sec. 2.
(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:
(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.
(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.
(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.

History: 2006, Act 309, Eff. Oct. 1, 2006

© 2009 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

Attorney Isaac Robinson is a criminal defense Attorney in Detroit, Michigan, licensed in Michigan for ten years. Robinson is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. NU Law presented Robinson with the Wigmore Key Award at his law school graduation. Robinson is an advocate for human rights. His cell 313-739-5093

By Isaac Robinson on December 15, 2014

The Country Chicken Restaurant is one of the best spots for Middle Eastern food in the Detroit area. The menu includes great salads, chicken dishes (Tawook, Shawarma, and boneless chicken) and raw juices.

I have been going there for over 20 years. The cozy spot in east Dearborn, Michigan with the freshly baked warm bread was a favorite of the late Marty Slobin, legendary University of Michigan-Dearborn political science professor. A number of Slobin’s students at U of M-Dearborn loved the place back in the day too including the Al-Awamleh brothers, Masoud, Caled and Ashraf. To this day, I meet up from time to time with Masoud at the Country to discuss political affairs. The boneless chicken still tastes as good as it did when we were students of the great Marty Slobin in the 90s.

Yesterday, my mother Detroit State Representative Rose Mary C. Robinson enjoying the Country's golden brown fries declared, “the Country has the best fries, consistently the best.” Mom’s typical order includes a bowl of lentil soup, meat grape leaves and the fries.

She commented, “they use the highest quality potatoes. Cut them the right way. This takes me back to my roots in Philadelphia. The way my father would cook them.”

From the Wing Ding appetizers, to the Tilapia, to their Falafel, all of the Country's food is delicious.

As Rep. Robinson and I finished our meal at the Country on Saturday night, Masoud and his youngest son Abraham appeared from the other room. Masoud gave us his analysis of the mid-term elections. We laughed about past political campaigns. We set up a date in January to discuss preparation for the 2016 elections, at the Country of course. Political strategy sessions are always more fun with the Country's top-notch garlic sauce (it can go on almost anything).

If your travels take you to southeastern Michigan, add Country Restaurant to your list.

Country Restaurant is located at
5131 Schaefer Road, Dearborn, MI 48126 between Ford Road and Michigan Avenue.

By Isaac Robinson on March 30, 2010

Democracy Matters sound like a group more people should know about.

Charlie Cavell, an 18 year old Wayne State Student from Detroit (originally from Ann Arbor), first told me about the group a few months ago at Franklin Wright Settlements on Detroit's Eastside at a Detroit Charter Commission meeting in the dead of winter. I recruited him to join YDA. He is now working with Jina Sawani on the Ann Arbor Young Dems. He started to pitch Democracy Matters.

Not very often do you see an 18 year old at local governmental meetings. My late mentor Marty Slobin headed the Northwest Detroit Teen Dems in 1960 at the age of 16 or so. I find it very interesting when folks that young are engaged in the political process at high levels. At 18, I was more interested in playing basketball.

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By Isaac Robinson on August 26, 2009

In early 2003, it was Senator Kennedy who was the most vocal opponent of invading Iraq. He was one of the lone, courageous voices.

When equal opportunity was attacked, Kennedy was there to stand up for equality and fairness.

When Senator Obama was facing negative smears in his tough primary, this man threw his powerful support behind Obama and added to the magic.

Kennedy made an impact for decades - but his passion and commitment to social justice and his dream of health care reform - is well known to young activists who joined the political process during Dean's run in 03-04 and Obama's run in 07-08.

At the most critical times, Kennedy stood up.

We as young democrats must keep his fight alive at the chapter level and on campuses. We must stand up. Right now. We must move our Congress to act. We need meaningful health care reform.

By Isaac Robinson on August 1, 2009

I am running for Young Dems of America Vice-President.

In my final days before heading to Chicago for the Young Democrats of America convention, I think about the power young voters have and the potential we have to make change.

In my recent visit to Pennsylvania, I met with the Delaware County Young Dems and the Philadelphia Young Dems. These two chapters along with others in PA and others across the country are laying the groundwork for something big.

Something more than what we did last year when we elected President Obama.

On a recent call with Massachusetts Young Dem leaders and in private conversations with Mike Corbett of New York of the YDA Labor Caucus, I keep bringing up PA. My friends in PA - Joe Johnson of Delaware county (a recent college grad) and the Young Dems organizing in the city of Philadelphia are getting young people engaged in a key battleground state. YDs like Rocco Giammaria and Will Anderson have been carrying a message of hope for workers and those without a voice in politics for years in Western PA. I appreciate the leaders in PA and they keep standing out in my mind. The geographically diverse and talented team their state leadership put together has left a lasting imprint.

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By Isaac Robinson on June 21, 2009

Below is a press release my mother's campaign put out earlier today. My mother was a powerful political force in Detroit and in Wayne County from 1970 to 1982. She is running again this year for an unpaid position, Detroit Charter Commission. As we are preparing to put together a political piece, I went through her old picture box. There were articles about her as a trailblazer for women and a fighter for the poor. When my mother defeated an incumbent county commissioner in 1970, few women in the United States held public office. She is a remarkable woman. In 1968, at the age of 30 she was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was one of two women in her entering class at Wayne State Law in the late 60s.

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By Isaac Robinson on June 5, 2009

I believe performers, like all workers, should be paid for their work. While it may appear many artists are rich, most struggle to pay their bills. When “Soul Man” plays on the radio Sam Moore gets nothing. When hip hop by American artists play on European radio, our artists get nothing. (we lose much needed tax revenues too). We give away our music for free to other countries and refuse royalties.

When we listen to jazz, blues, rock, pop, or rap recordings on the radio – it would be good to know these performers are being compensated. I want corporate radio to do well but so should the workers who help them succeed.

Some who oppose the Performance Rights Act - believe that artists have never been paid for airplay and should never be paid for airplay. Is that fair?

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By Isaac Robinson on March 30, 2009

A lot going on with the Kentucky Young Democrats . . .

I’m running for Young Democrats of America Vice-President and I am Chair of the YDA Labor Caucus. This past week-end, I rode down to Kentucky from Michigan to attend the 2009 Kentucky Young Democrats Convention. My Teamster buddy and trusted mentor Daniel M. Geb and Bazil Thomas, Chair of the 14th District Dems Asian American Caucus rode down with me.

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