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Posted: Jun 26, 2019, 11:10 AM
The defendant was charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI), in violation of MCL 257.625. The defendant filed a motion in 8th District Court (Kalamazoo County) to suppress the blood-draw evidence that was obtained. He argued the blood draw was an illegal warrantless search under the Fourth Amendment because he was threatened with losing his driving privileges if he refused consent.
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Posted: Jun 24, 2019, 12:30 PM
No criminal justice system is perfect: although our state’s criminal justice system is a great regulatory strong-arm, providing citizens’ protection by locking wrongdoers away, sometimes innocent people are convicted by mistake. When this happens, lives are destroyed.
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Posted: Jun 19, 2019, 9:10 AM
The defendant, Larry Mead, was a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over by Jackson Police Officer Richard Burkart for an expired license plate. Officer Burkart observed the defendant clutching a backpack on his lap. Both the defendant and the driver of the car told Officer Burkart the two had just met and that the driver was giving him (Mead) a ride.
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Posted: Jun 12, 2019, 11:20 AM
A criminal defendant can decline probation and be sentenced to incarceration instead, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in People v Bensch, reaffirming four decades of case precedent.
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Posted: Jun 10, 2019, 2:05 PM
According to the Michigan Constitution, congressional districts must be redrawn every ten years based on the state census results and by using what is called “Apol criteria”. Apol is a set of hierarchical requirements including such things as the districts being contiguous, districts must contain a population within 5% of the ideal district size, and that county and municipal breaks are minimized.
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Posted: Jun 5, 2019, 9:40 AM
In People v Brinkey (Docket No. 342419), the Court of Appeals explained it is “axiomatic” that there be an “actual agreement on the essential features of the plea” for a plea agreement to be valid.
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