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Posted: Oct 21, 2009, 2:50 PM
In a September 30, 2009 opinion, Washtenaw County Family Court Judge, Hon. Darlene O'Brien, called into question the constitutionality of SORA's application in juvenile cases. Specifically, O'Brien reasoned the mandatory reporting requirement as applied to juveniles does not serve a legitimate purpose given the most current evidence indicating a low recidivism rate for juvenile sex offenders in light of the overall purpose of juvenile law: rehabilitation not punishment.
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Posted: Oct 11, 2007, 10:00 AM
In People v McNeil, an unpublished per curiam opinion of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided October 4, 2007, the Court of Appeals found that the trial court had abused its discretion by granting the defendant a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines for reasons that were not substantially compelling.
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