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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.

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

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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

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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

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