Charlie Langton

Charlie-LangtonMy real job is an attorney. I have been practicing law for nearly 25 years, have my own law firm, and have tried many cases in multiple areas of law. Some people might call me an ambulance chaser, as I handle a lot of car accidents, workers’ compensation cases, slips and falls and dog bites. Basically when somebody gets injured, that’s when they call me. I have also represented many criminal cases and actually find the criminal cases to be more interesting than the civil cases. Criminals just have so many more stories to tell.

The law has always been a part of my family. My father was an attorney until his retirement about 15 years ago. I remember, as a little kid, watching him spread out an entire file after dinner, going over the legal issues or arguing with him about the facts of the case. Obviously, joining the debate team at Notre Dame High School seemed to be a natural for me. It wasn’t until college that I slightly changed my interests.

I was a theater major at Kalamazoo College. I won the Best Supporting Actor award for my role as the dirty old man in William Inge’s play, “Picnic.” It obviously took a lot of hard work to portray that role. After graduating from the Detroit College of Law, I wanted to combine my legal training with my performing interests. When I was asked to host the Macomb County Bar Association’s cable television program, I knew I was up to the challenge. I had the opportunity to get one-on-one interviews with people like Rosa Parks, Johnnie Cochran, Charlton Heston, and even Barney the Dinosaur. I wanted to make broadcasting more than just a hobby. So, after ten years of practicing law, I enrolled at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.

After graduating number one in my Specs class, I was offered a job at WYUR-AM 1310 hosting a political-legal talk show from noon to one, Monday through Friday. Although the ratings were pretty good, the station eventually folded. I then went to WXYT-AM 1270 where I hosted a talk show Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 at night until the station flipped formats. It was at that time I knew that a career in broadcasting was definitely in my blood.

I have enjoyed some success in broadcasting. I won four Emmys and three Wade McCree Jr. awards for excellence in legal journalism presented by the State Bar of Michigan. I have been honored by the Macomb County Bar Association for outstanding service and have been asked to speak at various legal and charitable events, as well as moderate numerous political debates.

What you may not know about me is that I helped designed the Michigan quarter, am a big collector of Michigan art, a huge Beatles fan, attended the Detroit Tigers fantasy camp and can’t get enough of chocolate milkshakes! I am also honored to serve as a trustee at the Michigan State University College of Law.

You can hear Charlie Langton on-air as the WWJ Newsradio 950 legal analyst.

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Macomb County Looking At Sweep Of Parents Owing Child Support

Attention for those who owe child support in Macomb County — you could be getting a visit from the Sheriff.

CBS Detroit–09/21/2015

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Brightmoor Resident Shames Alleged Dumpers, Prostitutes And Johns On YouTube

Jonathan Pommerville lives in Brightmoor on Detroit’s nortwest side. Some say it’s one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. With a cell phone camera and the volunteers of Northwest Brightmoor Renaissance he hopes to clean up his street.

06/11/2015

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Chase ATM Theft Foiled When Stolen Truck Gets Stuck

“Whoever did this, which is stupid… Like, guys, wake up!”

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/30/2015

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Lawmaker Recommends Taking Money Earmarked For Accident Victims To Fix Michigan Roads

One Michigan lawmaker says he has a “Plan B” to fix Michigan’s roads that does not involve a tax increase.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/23/2015

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Fire At Apartment In Harrison Township Injures At Least 5 People

The fire broke out at the Brittany Park Apartments early Monday morning.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/05/2015

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Gas Prices Drop Below $2 A Gallon At Stations Across Metro Detroit

The price of gas is lower than it has been in about five years in metro Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/22/2014

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Firefighters Rescue Window Washer Hanging Upside Down Off Side Of Building

“Essentially they showed up in a timely fashion and saved the guy’s life today.”

12/10/2014

Evan Reed, left, is seen with his attorney outside the courthouse. (credit: Sandra McNeil/WWJ)

Sex Assault Charges Reinstated Against Ex-Detroit Tigers Pitcher Evan Reed

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed is once again facing sexual assault charges.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/21/2014

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“What Kind Of Defense Can They Use?” Says Utash In Letter To Court Before Defendants’ Sentencing

The beating left Utash in the hospital for six weeks, suffering from severe head injuries.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/07/2014

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West Michigan Man Seeks Funds To Fix His ‘100-Pound Scrotum’

“You know, it’s a lot of weight to support like…in that area.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/25/2014

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Woman Calls For Boycott Of Detroit Tigers After Manager Brad Ausmus Jokes About Beating His Wife

“I think that will send a strong message that that’s something that we can’t tolerate.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/19/2014

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Husband And Wife Team Have A Passion For Scrappin’

This husband and wife team from Rochester Hills have discovered a whole new live together, thanks to garbage.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2014

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It’s A New Era In Detroit: Private Trash Collection Begins

While collection days will stay the same, city contractors will be handling duties in neighborhoods in southwest Detroit and east of Woodward Avenue.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/05/2014

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Line Forms Early For Tickets To Williams-Spielberg Appearance At DSO

WWJ’s Charlie Langton is at the Max M. Fisher Theater on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit where people are already waiting in line for tickets.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/14/2014

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A Sure Headache For Many Drivers: Kicking Off The Workweek Without I-96

The I-96 headaches have only just begun. The ripple effects will be felt on other freeways too, with people finding new alternate routes to work.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/07/2014

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Cameras To Be Installed On City Buses In Effort To Deter Crime

The city of Detroit is beginning to install cameras on 50 buses in an effort to halt the reports of violence.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/17/2014

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Charlie Langton Meets The People Of The Auto Show

Charlie Langton toured NAIAS 2014 to learn more about the guests and employees of the various companies attending the show. Learn about everyone from a self-proclaimed “Lady Stingray” to a vehicle detailing staffer to a purveyor of sweets.

01/22/2014

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Detroit’s Beleaguered 36th District Court Making Strides Despite City’s Bankruptcy

“We are making life a littler easier on the lawyers, there isn’t this wandering about the building trying to find their case, find the judge. Assignments are much clearer. We have simplified things in terms of jury service.”

CBS Detroit–12/23/2013

A mural by the Grand River Creative Corridor (photo credit: Marie Osborne/WWJ)

Hearing To Decide Fate Of Lawsuits Filed Against City Of Detroit

Over 500 lawsuits filed against the City of Detroit could be settled, or at least moved forward, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes holds a hearing to discuss progress on those lawsuits.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/16/2013

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Holiday Parties Can Pose Moral, Legal Concerns For Homeowners

Thinking about having a holiday party?

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/09/2013

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Should Michigan Become A No-drone Zone?

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird … it’s a plane … no, it’s a drone! Because of drones, are we losing our privacy? Should Michigan become a no-drone zone?

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/09/2013

Sheldon Leider has been missing since Oct. 27. (Family Photo)

Police Find Missing Elderly Man’s Car, Few Other Clues

Relatives of a Southfield man missing since October are searching for answers after police find his abandoned car, but no clues as to why he vanished.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/26/2013

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New Charge Filed Against Disgraced Cancer Doctor Farid Fata

The charges just keep piling up for the Oakland County cancer doctor accused of giving chemotherapy to patients who didn’t need it.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/22/2013

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Attorney: Woman Stuck With Hypodermic Needle On Plane, Now ‘Living In Fear’ Of HIV

The woman was flying home from Abu Dhabi when she reached into the seatback pocket in front of her and got the scare of her life.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/21/2013

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Deck The Halls And Donate Plasma: Metro Detroiters Line Up For Christmas Cash

Plasma donation has become a popular side business for some in Metro Detroit — especially during the holidays.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/19/2013

Lawsuit Brewing Against Wayne State Over ‘Painful’ Heart Experiments On Dogs

Wayne State University is experimenting with dogs and that’s not sitting well with a group of doctors who plan to file a lawsuit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/14/2013

Local Attorney, Federal Judge’s Son Corbett O’Meara Dies In Car Crash

St. Clair Shores police say they don’t know why the Grosse Pointe Farms resident crashed into the Mercedes.

CBS Detroit–11/11/2013

Purple Hears are displayed before a Purple Heart ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center April 6, 2007 in Washington, DC.  Six soldiers were awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  FILE PHOTO (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Soldier’s Family Gets Long-Overdue Purple Heart

It took the U.S. Army 40 years, but the family of a veteran, killed in Vietnam, is finally receiving a special honor, and they have a local high school alumni president to thank for it.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/11/2013

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Former Autoworker Gets Gig Writing Jay Leno Monologue Jokes

I’m also thrilled that I’ve received a few phone calls from Jay, attended a taping of his show, met with him in Windsor, and had a tour of his fabulous car collection in Burbank.”

CBS Detroit–11/01/2013

Cleanup in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood. (credit: Ron Dewey/WWJ)

Prominent Detroit Businessman Wants To Create A Mountain In The City

Nico Gatzaros, owner of the London Chop House and Fishbones, wants to dig a hole in the Brightmoor area of Detroit and allow people to dump there for free.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/21/2013

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