Prosecutors had originally charged a Michigan teenager who was involved in a wintertime car accident with a school bus early this year that left her sister in a coma. But those criminal charges have now been dropped. Her family and attorney said that decision was an acknowledgement by authorities that the teen was not acting criminally that day and that the incident was a pure accident.
It may be troubling for Michigan readers to hear that a photojournalist was recently arrested and held for hours for recording footage of undercover police officers arresting somebody on the street. Police later released the journalist and admitted that she had not broken any laws, but not before interrogating her and keeping her in custody for six and a half hours.
People in Michigan who have been prescribed medical marijuana may have to stop using certain baked goods to consume their medication after an appeals court issued a narrow interpretation of the state's medical marijuana statute. However, in the case of the medical marijuana caregiver involved, the court left open the possibility that a section of the law could give him immunity from proseuction for drug trafficking.
Imagine hearing a woman's scream from a neighbor's house. Is it the sound of a domestic violence situation or something else? Fortunately, in one recent case, it was the latter, though a man might have faced criminal charges if the police had acted differently.
People who are involved in or observe the criminal justice system in Michigan have various theories about the system's purpose. Some people believe that incarceration and other legal penalties are meant to punish the defendant. Others say that the purpose is to protect the public. Another argument is that the system is supposed to help offenders rehabilitate so that they will not get into legal trouble in the future. Or perhaps it is a combination of all three.