Attorney Michael Manley In the News
As a highly regarded Michigan criminal defense attorney and one of the area’s few Board Certified Criminal Trial Experts, attorney Michael P. Manley is no stranger to cases that have gotten a great deal of media attention. Read on to see some of his most highly publicized cases. Note that these stories represent only the small portion of our practice that has received outside media attention.
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- Fatal Rock-Throwing Case
- Columbine-Style Shooting Plot
- Credit Union Embezzlement Case
- Fenton Township Chicken Ordinance
- Hypnotherapist Sexual Assault Case
- Fatal DUI Case
- McLaren-Flint Hospital – Flint Water Crisis
On October 18, 2017, Kenneth White was driving on I-75 in Flint while five teens were throwing rocks off an overpass. A 6-pound rock struck White, who was killed. Michael Manley is representing Mikadyn Payne, one of the five teens, who is facing second-degree murder charges.
The case has drawn national attention, including coverage on Dr. Phil, and has sparked significant debate on the matter of charging teens as adults. All five of the teenage boys involved in this incident are being charged as adults.
As attorney Manley has pointed out, Michigan law recognizes that children under 16 are not capable of consenting to sexual relationships because they are not developmentally ready to understand the consequences of their decisions. Yet when teenagers commit adult crimes, the legal system hypocritically says that they are developed enough to understand the ramifications of their actions and be charged as adults.
In response to a tough question from Dr. Phil, Manley said, “I’m appalled at what happened, but when we make decisions about our future, we have to decide what type of society we are when we sentence kids and juveniles that commit adult types of crimes.”
In a highly emotionally charged case, our client, Dylan DeAngelis, faced multiple charges for his involvement in a plot to “kill everyone” at a Mayfield Township middle school.
Throughout the legal process, attorney Manley emphasized that “actions speak louder than words” and that there was no evidence that DeAngelis and the two other involved teens intended to actually carry out the shooting.
We were able to secure a plea bargain for our client in which charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit terrorism and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime were dismissed. DeAngelis pleaded guilty to one count of making a false terrorist threat and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.
Manley praised the prosecutor’s office for “helping us to reach a negotiation where there is a balance between Mr. DeAngelis being held accountable for his actions and […] both his age and rehabilitation.”
“I hope this sends a clear message to teenagers that you cannot joke about anything like this,” said Manley.
Our client, Michael LaJoice, faced both state and federal embezzlement charges in one of the largest fraud cases in Metro Detroit history.
The incident in question involved embezzling nearly $19 million from Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union over a period of 12 years. Mr. LaJoice worked at the credit union from January 2003 until January 2016 and became its chief financial officer in 2015.
Mr. LaJoice gave a no contest plea under a Cobb’s agreement, which means he was allowed to enter a plea with some idea of what his sentence would be. Attorney Manley was also able to ensure that his client would be able to serve his state and federal sentences concurrently, with credit for time already served.
As the case was resolved, attorney Manley stressed Mr. LaJoice’s remorse for his actions and pointed out that he “proactively tried to right his wrongs.”
“[Michael LaJoice] is not dead. At some point, he’s going to come back into our community and hopefully he’ll get a good job and have a nice life and pay back some of this restitution,” Manley said.
In one of the more unusual cases we’ve handled, attorney Michael Manley is representing a Fenton Township man who is facing a misdemeanor charge for illegal possession of chickens.
Our client, Andrew Charlesworth, is involved in a legal battle with Fenton Township over keeping chickens on property that isn’t zoned for farm animals. According to the township, this is a violation of a zoning ordinance. But attorney Manley has argued that the law in question is unconstitutional.
Manley has expressed hope that the ordinance can be changed and the matter resolved satisfactorily. “We remain hopeful for a solution through mutual agreement rather than the risk and expense of a judicial decision and subsequent appeals by the losing party.”
Our client, Dr. John Tomlinson, a hypnotherapist, has been accused of sexual assaulting a patient. Following the initial allegation, three other former patients came forward with complaints as well, including one 2013 case that was ultimately dismissed.
Attorney Manley has stressed throughout the case that these allegations are just that, allegations, and that Dr. Tomlinson vehemently denies the charges.
"We're very disappointed in these allegations," Manley said. "All it takes is an allegation in this case and a jury will have to decide if they are true."
Our client, Corey Slavik, was accused of having cocaine in his system when he fatally broadsided Jacob Bridgman at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Maple Road in April 2017.
The case hinged on chain of custody concerns regarding the urine test that was used to establish the presence of cocaine in Slavik’s system. According to attorney Michael Manley, the evidence was mishandled, which led to a not guilty verdict.
“It was our contention that none of the proper standards were followed in the collection of urine or the chain of custody by the time it got tested at the hospital,” Manley said.
In 2016, attorney Michael Manley was hired by McLaren Flint Hospital to facilitate the release of materials related to the Flint water crisis that were requested via investigative subpoena.
After reviewing those files, he stated that “crimes were committed” by state employees at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services against the hospital and city residents. Specifically, the institution was the target of crimes and cover-ups since a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that started in 2014, according to Manley.