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November 2015 Archives

Michigan judge admits seeking romance with probationer

Michigan’s criminal justice system can only work if everybody involved follows the rules. For example, police are not supposed to arrest someone or seize potential evidence of a crime without obeying proper procedure. Prosecutors and defense attorneys must follow rules of civil procedure in court. Even the judge presiding over the trial is constrained by ethical and legal obligations.

Bill would repeal 'stand your ground' self-defense in Michigan

We have spoken before in this blog about the concept of self-defense. It is a legal defense that may be available to a person charged with violent crimes such as murder and manslaughter. The principle behind self-defense is that we all have the right to do what is necessary to protect ourselves from mortal danger.

Prosecutors accused of forcing labs to go around med. marijuana law

If a shocking accusation against Michigan’s prosecutors and crime labs is true, the two are working together to circumvent the state’s medical marijuana law. The scheme allegedly is to find a way to charge medical marijuana users with a felony.

Juvenile LWOP Sentences Again Under Supreme Court Consideration

In Miller v. Alabama, decided in 2012, the United States Supreme Court determined that mandatory life imprisonment without parole (LWOP) sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Consistent with this opinion, states cannot require the automatic imposition of such a sentence for juveniles. Juvenile offenders may still receive LWOP, but only after individualized consideration of their character and youth. Michigan has since implemented MCL 769.25 to ensure that youth is appropriately considered when the prosecutor seeks the sentence of LWOP for a juvenile.

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