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Inside the Wayne County Prosecutors Office
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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy addresses the cases against Jason Gibson and Kwame Kilpatrick. We also examine some of the crimes taking place inside nursing facilities, and talk with Channel 4s Paula Tutman about her latest crime novel.
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Weinberg on the Law: Show Intro
Scott introduces the show and talks about the topics well be covering today.
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Weinberg on the Law: Wayne Co. Prosecutor Kym Worthy
Scott goes inside the busiest Prosecutor's Office in all of Michigan with Kym Worthy, who addresses the system breakdown in the Jason Gibson case, and other Wayne County issues including getting restitution from Kwame Kilpatrick.
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Weinberg on the Law: Attorney Jules Olsman
When we entrust the well-being of our loved ones to a nursing home or assisted car facility, we hope the corporations and doctors are giving them the best care possible. Attorney Jules Olsman talks about some of the myths and realities of nursing home care, and what you need to look for to make sure your loved ones are getting the best care possible.
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Weinberg on the Law: Author and Reporter Paula Tutman
Emmy-Award winning reporter Paula Tutman joins Scott to for an inside look at crime reporting on televison, as well as her new novel Deadline Second Block..
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Weinberg on the Law: Plea Bargaining
Scott takes a closer look at the plea bargaining process and why it is used. Also, a quick look at the stupid crimes of the week.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Kym L. Worthy
On January 6, 2004, in Detroit, Michigan, Kym Loren Worthy was sworn in as the chief law enforcement officer of Wayne County. Surrounded by family and friends, it was a historic moment as Worthy became the first African-American, and the first woman, to become the Wayne County Prosecutor. The 63-member bench of the Wayne County Circuit Court appointed Worthy to the position. In November 2004 Worthy ran unopposed for re-election. Worthy earned her undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Worthy began her career in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in 1984, where she became the office's first African-American "Special Assignment" prosecutor. Worthy was elected judge of the Recorder's Court for the City of Detroit in 1994. She became a judge for the Wayne County Circuit Court in October 1997 when that court merged with the Recorder's Court. After nine years on the bench she retired from her position in 2003 to become a candidate for the Office of the Wayne County Prosecutor. Worthy's list of accomplishments is lengthy. A strong believer in community service, she is a frequent speaker for youth, civic and religious organizations. She has received numerous awards and honors for her role as community leader. Her church home is the Greater Grace Temple of Apostolic Faith in Detroit, Michigan. She is the mother of eight-year-old Anastasia.

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Jules Olsman
Jules B. Olsman is President of Olsman, Mueller, Wallace & MacKenzie. He has 31 years of experience in all aspects of personal injury litigation including medical malpractice, nursing home liability, police misconduct, product liability, workplace injury, trucking and automobile accident cases. Mr. Olsman has served as counsel for individuals in numerous states besides Michigan including Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and South Carolina. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of theAmerican Association for Justice (2001-2006) and was a founding member of the organization's Nursing Home Litigation Group. He is a past president of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (2000-2001). He is past chair of the Negligence Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan, as well as a member of the State Bar's Civil Procedure Committee. He also serves on the Oakland County Bar Association Board of Directors. Mr. Olsman recently chaired the Oakland County Bar Association's Case Evaluator Selection Committee. Mr. olsman serves as legislative counsel and a member of the executive board of Citizens for Better Care, one of the oldest nursing home advocacy groups in the country. He has testified many times before the Michigan Legislature on long-term care issues. He was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on theGovernor's Task Force on Elder Abuse. He has written and contributed to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's (ICLE) "Torts: Michigan Law and Practice" as well as numerous other legal publications. He previously edited "Liens in the Michigan Personal Injury Case" and has written extensively on Medicare and other health care liens and their impact on personal injury cases. Mr. Olsman and his firm were associated counsel in the Agent Orange litigation which involved toxic exposure by Vietnam veterans to the defoliant Agent Orange which was manufactured by American chemical companies and used to clear out jungle during the Vietnam war. He successfully represented the plaintiff in Bryant vs Oakpointe Villa, a 2004 Michigan Supreme Court case which significantly helps to protect the rights of nursing home residents and victims of medical negligence in Michigan. He frequently lectures on nursing home and assisted living liability as well as other issues involving personal injury cases. He has authored numerous articles in publications such as Trial Magazine andMichigan Lawyers Weekly. He was named in the Best Lawyers in America in 2007 and 2009 and was named Lawyer of the Year byMichigan Lawyers Weekly in 2002. Mr. Olsman has been ranked at the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell and rated in the top 100 lawyers in the Detroit area by the business journal dbusiness in 2009. Mr. Olsman grew up in northwest Detroit. Prior to going to law school, he taught high school English in the Detroit Public Schools. He is a 1975 graduate of Wayne State University and the Detroit College of Law in 1978. On November 3, 2009, Mr. Olsman was elected to a four-year term on the Huntington Woods City Commission.

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Paula Tutman
Not even Paula Tutman knew that she could fly, until one day she was reporting a story on the US Air Force Thunderbirds and someone put the controls of the F-16 Fighting Falcon into her hands. "I pulled 9Gs without losing my lunch," she proudly says. She's quick to divulge the secret to her success: "Don't eat lunch." Paula Tutman joined WDIV in 1992 as a general assignment reporter. She started in television news in the early 1980s as a reporter at WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., and went on to anchor and report at WLKY-TV in Louisville, Ky., and also at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md. Paula grew up in Mitchellville, Md., a suburb of Washington, and studied theater at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. She has won an Emmy, three Emmy nominations, six Associated Press awards and an Alpha Chi award for news reporting and writing. As a local correspondent for Local 4 News Morning, Paula says what she most likes about her job is learning new things. "If it's a project that involves research or figuring out a new way to do something, I'm all in." A fan of opera, a cyclist, novice astronomer and jewelry maker, Paula has lived in Detroit for several years "and counting." She has a 20-year-old cat, Flayla and a 4-year-old Maltese dog, Mailliw, who is named after her father William (Mailliw is William spelled backward)