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DETROIT FREE PRESS WINS FIRST PLACE IN WADE H. McCREE JR. AWARDS FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF JUSTICE COMPETITION

 LANSING, Mich., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Bar of Michigan today announced the order of finish for this year's winners of the Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards for the Advancement of Justice. The awards recognize Michigan's print and broadcast professionals whose works have made outstanding contributions in the past year to the advancement of justice by fostering greater public understanding of our legal system, exposing abuses, and serving as a catalyst for change.
 The winners received their awards during a luncheon today at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids during the State Bar's 58th Annual Meeting.
 Entries for the Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards are judged on the basis of originality, effectiveness, thoroughness, and news value. Chair of the Judging Committee was Grand Rapids attorney Joel M. Boyden. Other judges were Edmund M. Brady Jr., chair of the State Bar's Communications Committee; Kathleen McCree Lewis, of the Detroit law firm Dykema Gossett, and daughter of the late Wade H. McCree Jr.; Caroline McNabb of WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, and Dan Spaulding of Seyferth & Associates in Grand Rapids.
 Scholarships of $1,200 for first place and $800 for second place will be provided to the Michigan college or university of the winners' choice.
 First place went to John Castine and Dennis Niemiec of the Detroit Free Press for their series on "The Badge of Privilege," which focused on the "Blue Curtain" which is drawn around an officer who strays from the law, allowing opportunities for special treatment, misplaced records and uneven enforcement of the law.
 Second place went to Ken Kolker of the Grand Rapids Press for his entry, "Justice: Lost in Translation," which detailed the problems faced in court by defendants, victims and witnesses who speak little or no English.
 A team of staff writers from the Detroit Free Press was third for its report on "Parole's Fatal Mistakes." The report by David Ashenfelter, Lori Montgomery, Joe Swickard, Jeanne May and Robin Fornoff examined a convicted rapist who committed new crimes each of the three times he was paroled from prison in Michigan.
 "One Lethal Weapon," a series by Kim Crawford of The Flint Journal, received the fourth-place award. The series illustrated how Flint criminals are carrying an increasingly sophisticated quality of gun. It exposed how in the summer of 1991 a .44-caliber handgun made a teenage drug dealer the most dangerous man on Flint streets.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas C. Oren or David D. Donaldson of the State Bar of Michigan, 517-372-9030/


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