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February 07, 2008 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-02-07

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Pursuit Of Justice


Two Jewish candidates seek party's
nomination for Oakland prosecutor.

to an afternoon of music, fun
and games for the whole family


They are Democrat Jessica Cooper,
a former Oakland County judge, and
Republican Larry Leib, a Farmington
Hills attorney.

Celebrating Southfield's 50th Anniversary

Sunday, February 17, 2008
2:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Southfield Pavilion
26000 Evergreen Road
Southfield, MI

'Trust, Fairness'
Leib, a courtroom
attorney for the
past 14 years,
is running on a
theme of "Trust,
and Fairness." His
Larry Leib
campaign is built
on planks of fiscal
conservatism and
"As the top law
enforcement figure
in Oakland County,"
said Leib, 39, "the
prosecutor must be
beyond reproach.
The prosecutor is
both a role model and a voice for the
law enforcement community and once
elected is approachable, accessible and
accountable to everyone'
He said integrity is
essential. "While prosecu-
tors must be steadfast
and tough, they must also
honor our magnificent
system of justice and
know when to walk away
from a case?'
He promises not to
increase the prosecutor's
budget while modernizing
and upgrading the office's
ability to serve.
Leib's areas of specialty include
business, labor and criminal law. He
is secretary of the board of governors
of the Shriners Hospital for Children
in Chicago and general counsel for
the Detroit Shriners and the Shrine
Leib and his wife, Dori, have two
His Web site is www.
LeibForProsecutor.com .

Free Ice Skating
(Southfield Ice Arena) 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Fireworks Display

(viewed from Southfield Plaza) - 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy fun-filled activities including
children's arts and crafts, dog-sledding,
petting farm featuring
miniature horses, donkey, goats, sheep,
alpaca, bunnies and ducks, ice fishing,
snowshoeing, air brush face painting,
s 'mores marshmallow roast,
hayrides and ice sculpture carving
demonstrations. Enjoy chili, hot dogs,
soups and more available for
purchase from food vendors.

Paul Miles - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ursula Walker/Buddy Budson Trio - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Stan Barnes & Friends - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Motor City Brass Band - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Call the Southfield Community Relations Department
at (248) 796-5130 for more information.



the center of it all


A20 February 7 • 2008

Judicial Experience
Jessica Cooper spent 22 years on
the trial bench and six years on the
Michigan Court of Appeals before
retiring last year. She opened her cur-
rent business law practice in arbitra-
tion and mediation. Elected to the
Court of Appeals in 2000, she previ-
ously served on the Oakland County
Circuit Court and the 46th District
Court in Southfield.
"I've been protecting the people of
Oakland County for close to 30 years:'
said Cooper, 61. "Serving as Oakland
County prosecutor simply expands my
demonstrated commitment to another
part of the criminal justice system?'
She said she will approach the office
"by providing support where it's war-
ranted and creating change where it's
needed as an advocate for the people
in this county?'
Cooper said the prosecutor's job is
not only to enforce laws and adminis-
ter justice, but also act as CEO, policy
maker and administrator of essen-
tially a law firm with more than 100
attorneys and an $18 million budget.
Cooper is a legal educator and a
continuing faculty member at Emory
Law School in Atlanta. She served
as adjunct professor of law at the
University of Michigan
2008 Law School and Michigan
State University College
of Law. Her board ser-
vice includes HAVEN
(Oakland County's
domestic violence shel-
ter), CANCO (Oakland
County Child Abuse and
Neglect Council) and
Forgotten Harvest.
One of her famous
cases involved assisted suicide advo-
cate Jack Kevorkian, whom she sen-
tenced to 10-25 years. She said high-
profile cases represent only a fraction
of the overall caseload and should not
be allowed to overshadow the need for
justice to crime victims in Oakland
County's cases of child and elder abuse,
domestic violence and juvenile crime.
The primary is Aug. 5. Other can-
didates are Republicans David Law,
a state representative, and Randy
Secontine, an assistant prosecutor.

Elec Lion

The event features music performances by:


wo Jewish candidates are
among contenders to be the
next Oakland County pros-

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