Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press

Elisha Anderson

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Past articles by Elisha:

Man exonerated in rape case emotional over judge's 4 words

James Clay's eyes welled with tears as he talked about his criminal case being over. → Read More

Man freed from prison: Not Detroit rape victim's fault I was incarcerated

A jury convicted James Clay of rape in 2017, but new information casts doubt that he was responsible for what happened two decades earlier. → Read More

DNA put him behind bars for a 1997 rape. Then his old girlfriend saw a photo that set him free

James Clay had begun serving a 25 - 50 year prison sentence for rape based on DNA. He was released following a Free Press investigation into his case. → Read More

Inmate James Clay released: 'To be free from this nightmare is amazing'

James Clay had begun serving a 25 - 50 year prison sentence for rape based on DNA. He was released following a Free Press investigation into his case. → Read More

Michigan appeals court orders inmate release following Free Press investigation

A teen raped in 1997 sees her case go to court 20 years later. But after the accused is convicted, she realizes they dated as teens. → Read More

FCA's plans for Jeep plant get Detroit City Council approval

The vote came after council members heard from residents who overwhelmingly supported building a new Jeep plant in Detroit. → Read More

FCA wants $160M in tax incentives for new Jeep plant in Detroit

The last big remaining issue: The roughly 80 acres owned by the Moroun family's Crown Enterprises near the east side industrial site that FCA needs. → Read More

Judge elected after her arrest gets 45 day unpaid suspension

Judge Julie McDonald was arrested in September when she was running unopposed for a seat on the Oakland County Circuit bench. → Read More

Attorney General's Office closes investigation into autism therapy provider

The year-long investigation into Centria Healthcare stemmed from complaints made by former company executives. → Read More

Thousands seek to recuperate money for pothole repairs. Payouts are rare. But they happen.

These drivers convinced the government to pay them back for roads' dastardly damage. → Read More

Unsolved slaying of stripper Tamara Greene gets national audience in podcast

The "Crimetown" podcast devotes an episode to the death of Tamara Greene, also known as Strawberry. She was killed in a drive-by shooting. → Read More

Detroit funeral home kept horrific secrets buried inside

Records obtained by the Free Press show problems have plagued the business and its employees for years. → Read More

State shuts down Canton cemetery amid fetus investigation

The state accused Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery of "a lack of integrity to protect the public and a lack of good moral character." → Read More

Judge arrested in September wins seat on Oakland Circuit bench

The race has been closely watched since Julie McDonald's arrest became public and challengers launched write-in campaigns. → Read More

After fetuses found in funeral home attic, Michigan to boost oversight

Michigan had three inspectors and a supervisor to inspect roughly 750 funeral homes. Find out about their plan to increase their numbers. → Read More

Detroit funeral home refused to bury baby in 2001, family owed money, state says

Following up on an unspecified complaint, inspectors went to the funeral home on Detroit's east side in 2000, discovering the baby and 10 other bodies near a preparation room. → Read More

Funeral home refused to bury baby in 2001, family owed money, state says

Balance was owed after child's death 4 years earlier, state says → Read More

Letter gave 'explicit instructions' to find fetuses at funeral home

11 corpses found in two-foot-high space, hidden in insulation above drop ceiling. → Read More

Medical examiner: Records needed to identify fetuses left in funeral home

All the remains found at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit were mummified, according to the medical examiner. → Read More

Video shows Oakland County judge candidate's drunken driving arrest

“I’m running for an office right now,” Julie McDonald told Royal Oak police. “This will (expletive) me up really bad.” → Read More