In most cases in Michigan and around the country, most of the defendants in criminal defense cases are men. In fact, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, men outnumber women in terms of committing all crimes except one: embezzlement.
A teen and his friend were accused of attacking his parents with a baseball bat in his Farmington Hills home last week Monday. The attack resulted in the death of his father and the beating of his mother and brother by baseball bat. Both teens were charged with first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder for the death of his father. The teens were charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of assault with intent to commit murder for the beating of his mother and brother.
While many people in Michigan who own firearms are responsible gun owners, when guns are involved in a crime -- or are the subject of a crime -- punishment is serious. A man from Haslett, Michigan, may find that out the hard way as he was arrested recently after he brought an unregistered gun into a store in Lansing.
In criminal law it is not unusual for someone to be punished for an unintended consequence of a criminal act.
Almost as quickly as he got into trouble, Michigan State basketball star Derrick Nix is on his way back to being in his coach's good graces again. Nix, who was arrested on drug charges early this month and suspended from the team, pleaded guilty in a court in East Lansing, Michigan, to a charge of operating a motor vehicle while impaired; the marijuana possession charge that had been filed was dismissed.
A man from Lansing, Michigan, was arraigned earlier this week on multiple charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, related to the alleged captivity of his ex-girlfriend. The woman accused the 31-year-old man of not letting her leave his house for three days.
An Ovid teen faces 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to the charge of Manslaughter.
On the same night the NCAA men's basketball championship game was played earlier this week, Michigan State center Derrick Nix was arrested by police in East Lansing, Michigan, on marijuana possession charges. He was suspended by coach Tom Izzo several hours and now Nix's status for next season, when he was expected to be a team leader, is in doubt -- and a mark on his permanent legal record could have long-term personal consequences as well.