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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Inkster Homeowner Hit With $4,000 Water Bill

It’s a huge utility bill that one homeowner says is all wet: a water bill that can’t be real, but is.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/14/2013

Free Healthcare Fairs Aim To Help Detroiters With Affordable Care Act

A Detroit entrepreneur, and convicted felon, is doing his part to educate the public about the need for health insurance.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/01/2013

Wayne State Professor Uninvited To Speak At Catholic College

A Wayne State professor was scheduled to speak at a Catholic college about gay marriage but then suddenly was asked not to speak.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/30/2013

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What Would Federal Gov’t Shutdown Mean For Local Governments?

By midnight tonight, the federal government may be out of business — at least temporarily. If that happens, what would it mean for local governments?

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/30/2013

Allee Willis (center) poses with scores of Detroiters who turned out to film a music video for "The D." (Credit: Allee Willis/Facebook)

Casting Call: Detroit Lovers Wanted For Music Video Shoot

It’s your chance to be a part of the music video for a love song for Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/26/2013

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Detroit Losing $70M A Year In Delinquent Taxes, Official Calls Some Investors ‘Villains’

He said non-payment of taxes has become a kind of culture in Detroit.

CBS Detroit–09/23/2013

1-Person Grand Jury To Look At Failed Jail Project

One person will have the say as to whether there was criminal activity over the $91 million cost overrun of the Wayne County Jail.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/19/2013

New Detroit Police Headquarters. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

ACLU Objects To ‘Stop And Frisk’ Training For Detroit Cops

“We don’t trust the consultants they’ve engaged,” an ACLU spokesman said.

08/26/2013

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DIA Director: You Can’t Help But Be Worried

Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham Beals says there are false comparisons being made between the museum and pensioners.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/06/2013

Detroit retirees and supporters outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center as they protest comments by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Council President: Detroit Downfall Not A Reflection Of Its People

“Detroiters are not dumb; Detroiters are not lazy. Detroiters work very hard,” says Saunteel Jenkins.

08/05/2013

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Plan For Belle Isle Utopia Revived After Bankruptcy Filing

An outlandish idea is gaining some interest now that Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 protection.

07/31/2013

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Reports: Christie’s Auction House Evaluating DIA Collection

A New York auction house could be interested in putting the DIA’s art collection on the block.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/25/2013

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Union Attorney: Pensions In Jeopardy After Detroit Bankruptcy Filing

“I think it’s despicable… and I think every Detroit resident will also find that this action is despicable,” said Richard Mack, Jr., an attorney for AFSCME Council 25.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/19/2013

Joseph Gentz tries to withdraw his guilty plea in the death of Jane Bashara. (credit: Charlie Langton/WWJ)

Handyman Will Stick By Guilty Plea In Grosse Pointe Park Murder

Reprimanded by the judge, Joe Gentz swiftly changed his mind and was returned to prison.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/17/2013

Langton: Are Black Americans More Racist Than Whites?

The survey concluded that just 15 percent believe white Americans are more racist.

CBS Detroit–07/11/2013

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Nearly Bankrupt Detroit Pays Lawyers Almost $1,000 An Hour

Why is the city of Detroit, which is on the brink of bankruptcy, paying lawyers nearly $1,000 an hour?

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/10/2013

Eric Mesko poses with one of his flags. (credit: Charlie Langton/WWJ)

Ferndale Man Promotes Patriotism With Big Flag Display

The public is welcome to drive by to check out the display …

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/04/2013

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Could Gary Brown’s New Position Violate City Charter?

“Anyone looking to prove the state has taken over the city, now has 225,000 reasons,” Langton said.

CBS Detroit–07/01/2013

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Attorney: Charles Pugh Followed Jerry Sandusky’s ‘Predator Playbook’

The attorney for a mother who claims embattled Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh had an inappropriate relationship with her teenage son says the case is strikingly similar to that of convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/28/2013

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Judge Has Plan To Fix Troubled Detroit Court

Major reforms are in the works for Detroit’s 36th District Court after a recent report found the system is $4.5 million over budget and has failed to collect over $280 million in fines.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/25/2013

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The Langton Briefs: Can A President Serve More Than 2 Terms?

I seem to recall from history class that presidents of the U.S. were restricted to serving only two terms.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2013

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‘Revenge Porn’ Addressed As Legal Issue In California

Is it a crime to post pictures of your ex online? What about naked pictures?

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2013

Jeb Bush: Too Many Detroit Kids Aren’t Learning

WWJ’s Charlie Langton got a chance to talk to Jeb Bush, ahead of his keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/29/2013

Troy Church Solicits Donations As ‘Tribute’ To Priest Under FBI Money Probe

Some local parishioners are upset about a Catholic solicitation in honor of a priest who is currently being investigated by the FBI for allegedly stealing over $400,000 from a Troy church.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/22/2013

Legislation Aims To Stop Cops From Using Underage Informants

Many say these middle schoolers are too young to be thrown into these dangerous situations,” said WWJ legal analyst Charlie Langton.

CBS Detroit–05/10/2013

Deadbeats? 36th District Court Owed Millions It Can’t Collect

“If I collected from every dead person, I don’t think we’d put a number on that because those people, most often, have more than one ticket,” said Chief Judge Kenneth King.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/09/2013

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Do Over-The-Counter Sales Of Morning-After Pill Violate Michigan Law?

The morning-after pill will now be available to girls as young as 15, and it’ll be placed on store shelves instead of behind the pharmacy counter. But do these new regulations conflict with Michigan law?

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/01/2013

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Madonna’s Brother Arrested, Allegedly Fought Female Cop

Anthony Gerard Ciccone, better known as Madonna’s older brother, is in trouble with the law once again. Ciccone’s most recent brush with the law came last night in a bar in his hometown of Traverse City.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/23/2013

Women’s Groups Fight To Know Everyone’s Pay To Battle Discrimination

“How much do you think he makes?” That question could come out of dirty corners around the office watercooler and get out in the sunshine if Michigan women’s groups have their way.

CBS Detroit–04/09/2013

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Michigan’s Ban On Weight Discrimination Could Derail ‘Pay Per Pound’ Flights

“Essentially, Michigan loves fat people,” Langton said.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/03/2013

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