Our Michigan readers may agree with us when we say that the problem with not telling the truth is that it usually catches up with you at some point. Some white lies are little ones (your weight, your age, your IQ) but others can cause problems. When there are a number of people involved in a fist fight, so there are multiple witnesses, it is not a good idea to stretch the truth.
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.
On November 10, 2011, various Michigan senators introduced Senate Bill No. 847 to amend Section 81 (MCL 750.81) of the Michigan Penal Code. As currently written, Section 81(4) states that "an individual who commits an assault or an assault and battery . . . and who has 2 or more previous convictions for assaulting or assaulting and battering his or her spouse or former spouse, an individual with whom he or she has or has had a dating relationship, an individual with whom he or she has had a child in common, or a resident or former resident of his or her household . . ., is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $2,500.00, or both". The Michigan Senate proposes enhancing the maximum punishment for a 2-time repeat offender from 2 years to 5 years in prison, and an increase in the maximum fine from $2,500.00 to $5,000.00.