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.

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

(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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

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