LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing couple trying to keep custody of two children can argue that legitimate religious beliefs prevent them from seeking medical care for their children.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in the months ahead in a major Flint water lawsuit.
The court on Wednesday told lawyers to file briefs about a...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is accepting comment on a proposal to allow the public to carry phones and other devices into courthouses.
Suburban Detroit judge suspended 45 days without pay
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a 45-day unpaid suspension for a suburban Detroit judge who was arrested for suspected drunken driving before being elected to the...
EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has taken another field trip, visiting a school to hear arguments in a case and expose students to the justice system.
Michigan court tightens legal standard on car searches
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has tightened the legal standard for searching people during a traffic stop.
The court ruled in favor of a car passenger who said his rights...
Health club’s appeal over transgender woman fails
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court won't intervene in a lawsuit over a transgender woman in the women's locker room at a Midland health club.
BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A judicial watchdog agency has recommended the Michigan Supreme Court remove a Livingston County judge for misconduct.
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to review the life sentence of a man who was a teenager when he kidnapped a customer from a sandwich shop in a notorious...
Michigan Supreme Court says people who were wrongly accused of defrauding unemployment program can sue the state
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Supreme Court says people who were wrongly accused of defrauding unemployment program can sue the state.
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from former sports doctor Larry Nassar, which means a 40-year prison sentence for assaulting gymnasts will...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in July about whether to wade into a dispute over changes in the minimum wage and paid sick time.
New Michigan task force seeks to stop abuse of elderly
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new task force has been formed to help stop physical abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse and neglect of elderly people in Michigan.
Prison employees lose appeal over job status, pay
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prison employees who challenged job classifications and lower pay grades have lost an appeal at the Michigan Supreme Court.
Judge censured; called prosecutors ‘fool’ and ‘cancer’
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says a Jackson County judge was irresponsible for communicating privately with prosecutors in disputed cases and then vilifying prosecutors when...
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been released from prison, more than eight years after then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm said he should be freed but then changed her mind before leaving...
Michigan Supreme Court suspends judge but doesn’t stop pay
BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Livingston County judge facing criminal charges and ethics violations has been suspended with pay by the Michigan Supreme Court.
GOP lawmakers ask Michigan court to rule on lame-duck laws
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seeking to avoid a lengthy legal fight, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked the Michigan Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of their unprecedented strategy to...
The Latest: GOP lawmakers ask high court to rule on laws
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's new minimum wage and paid sick time laws (all times local):
Republican lawmakers are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to rule...
Judicial watchdog agency again seeks judge’s suspension
BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The Judicial Tenure Commission has filed a new petition with the Michigan Supreme Court seeking the suspension of a Livingston County judge who faces criminal charges.
Michigan State U. ousts lawyer but he’ll still be paid
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Robert Young Jr. has been ousted as the top lawyer at Michigan State University.
Acting President Satish Udpa says Young was "relieved of his duties" Friday as vice president and general counsel. Young, a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, joined MSU last year when John Engler was interim president.
Engler was removed by university trustees on Jan. 17.
Court kicks back petition to suspend Livingston County judge
BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A technicality has stopped an effort to suspend a Livingston County judge who is facing criminal charges.
The Michigan Supreme Court said Friday it must have a recommendation from the state Judicial Tenure Commission, not the watchdog agency's staff.
Dispute over medical marijuana limits reaches Supreme Court
BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments in a dispute over whether a Kent County township can restrict where medical marijuana is grown.
Byron Township, south of Grand Rapids, has an ordinance that bars registered caregivers from growing marijuana at a commercial property. The state appeals court said the ordinance conflicts with Michigan's medical marijuana law.
Mental health might be changed, dropped from Bar application
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is exploring whether to drop questions about mental health on the application for a Michigan law license.
The application for admission to the State Bar asks people if their judgment has been affected by a treated or untreated mental or emotional condition. The Supreme Court is seeking public comment about whether the questions should still be included or changed.
State’s watchdog over judiciary says judge shouldn’t be paid
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state's watchdog over the judiciary has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to suspend a Livingston County judge without pay amid allegations of misconduct.
McCormack is named chief justice of Michigan Supreme Court
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has selected Bridget McCormack to serve as chief justice.
The court says the vote was unanimous Wednesday. McCormack, a former law school professor, has been a Supreme Court justice since 2013.
In a statement, McCormack says Michigan courts "must be accessible to all" and "independent of political pressure." She is one of three Democrats on the Supreme Court.
Schneider gets Senate’s OK as US attorney in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Senate has approved Matthew Schneider as chief federal prosecutor for eastern Michigan.
Schneider's nomination as U.S. attorney was approved Wednesday night. He's already been on the job for a year.
Schneider is a former assistant U.S. attorney. He also worked for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan Supreme Court. The Frankenmuth native has degrees from Michigan State University and University of Michigan law school.
Legal windfall or ‘theft’: Top court takes foreclosure case
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court in the new year will decide whether counties can continue to hit the jackpot when foreclosing on properties.
Counties routinely sell real estate when taxes are long overdue. State law allows them to pocket everything — even if the sales price exceeds the amount of debt. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether it adds up to an illegal government taking under the Michigan and U.S. constitutions.
Murder charges dropped against 2 men in boyhood memory case
DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping murder charges against two Detroit men who were granted a new trial based on the boyhood memory of a man who witnessed his mother's slaying in 1999.
Justly Johnson and Kendrick Scott have been in prison or jail for nearly 20 years. The Wayne County prosecutor's office said Wednesday it's dropping the case, four months after the Michigan Supreme Court said the men deserved another trial.
Case could upset a key source of cash for local courts
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing a dispute over $1,611. The result, however, will carry a much higher price, impacting millions of dollars now raked in from criminal defendants who must pay to keep the heat turned up, the air conditioners humming and the floors waxed in local courts all over the state.
Supreme Court: Dad blamed for son’s death to get 2nd trial
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors in southwestern Michigan have failed to stop a second trial for a man whose murder conviction was overturned in the death of his 2-year-old son.
In a 4-3 decision, the Michigan Supreme Court turned down an appeal Friday, five weeks after hearing arguments. It means an appeals court decision will stand.
Supreme Court justice not stopping despite election loss
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Supreme Court justice who lost an election still will hear arguments in five cases Monday.
Justice Kurtis Wilder finished third in the race for two seats on the state's highest court. The defeat last week means his term ends at the end of December.
Case against ex-senator revived after Supreme Court decision
DETROIT (AP) — A criminal case against a former state lawmaker who shot his ex-wife's car in Detroit is starting over after a summer stop at the Michigan Supreme Court.
A judge on Monday granted the prosecutor's request to withdraw from a 2016 plea deal with Virgil Smith. The Supreme Court said prosecutors should have been allowed to withdraw when Judge Lawrence Talon dropped key provisions.
Cavanagh wins Supreme Court race by very thin margin
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Final election results show a Michigan Supreme Court justice lost by less than 1 percentage point.
The difference between Megan Cavanagh and Justice Kurtis Wilder was 54,000 votes. Together they got 3.08 million.
There were six candidates in the race for two Supreme Court seats Tuesday. Cavanagh, a Detroit-area lawyer, finished second, ahead of Wilder. Justice Elizabeth Clement (Kla-MENT') finished first. Results are posted online by the secretary of state.
Detroit-area prosecutor Worthy backs Wilder for top court
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis Wilder has picked up an endorsement from the Wayne County prosecutor.
Kym Worthy is a Democrat, but she says Wilder deserves to keep his seat on the state's highest court. She says she's impressed with "his continuous stand for equal justice under the law and the protection of crime victims' rights."
Wilder is a conservative judge who was on the appeals court before Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appointed him to a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Michigan Supreme Court race has 6 candidates for 2 seats
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Megan Cavanagh recalls her father casually holding court at the family dinner table, even if he wasn't wearing his robe as a Michigan Supreme Court justice.
"He would sit and listen to other peoples' opinions and be the arbiter. He always tried to put himself in the shoes of the party or person in front of him," Cavanagh said. "That was him as a judge and a dad."
Michigan Supreme Court hears key case on jobless fraud
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that's likely to determine if thousands of people can sue the state for abusing their rights when they were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program.
The issue for the court is a technical but crucial one: When did the six-month deadline to sue kick in?
State Supreme Court proposing rule on local court security
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a rule that would create local courthouse security committees.
The court will take public comment until Jan. 1.
Local security committees would be led by a judge and include police, the clerk of the court and others who use the building. The committee's job would be to create policies that improve safety and security.
Appeal stops release of prisoner who won Supreme Court case
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man who won a Michigan Supreme Court case over a reduced sentence won't be released while a judge hears from a murder victim's family.
Matthew Makowski had been scheduled to leave prison Tuesday after nearly 30 years. But the release was suspended last week when Pete Puma's relatives filed an appeal.
Cooley law school founder Thomas Brennan dies at age 89
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Thomas Brennan, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice and founder of Cooley law school, has died. He was 89.
The law school says Brennan was surrounded by family when he died Saturday in Lansing. The cause wasn't disclosed.
Brennan was just 37 years old when he was elected to the Supreme Court in 1966. He resigned in 1973 to run the young law school, which is now known as WMU-Cooley Law School. Brennan was president for more than 20 years.
High bond means no freedom for 2 men in boyhood memory case
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered high bond for two men who had hoped to go home after they were granted new trials based on the boyhood memory of a man who witnessed his mother's murder.
Wayne County Judge Donald Knapp on Friday set bond at $250,000 for Justly Johnson and Kendrick Scott. He says they're still facing murder charges.
Prisoner who won Supreme Court case set to be paroled
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of murder will soon be released from prison, more than four years after winning an unusual case at the Michigan Supreme Court.
The Corrections Department says Matthew Makowski has been granted parole and is scheduled to leave prison on Oct. 2. Spokesman Chris Gautz says the release had been planned for Thursday but was changed.
Court rejects bid to reopen conviction tied to ’87 cold case
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to reopen the conviction of a western Michigan man who was charged with killing his sister and brother-in-law 26 years after their deaths.
Ryan Wyngarden had already exhausted his automatic appeal after his murder conviction and life sentence in 2014. But he returned with a second appeal on his own, arguing that his rights were violated through mistakes during his Ottawa County trial.
School union backs Republican justice for Supreme Court
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A union representing teachers and other school employees is taking a rare step by supporting a Republican for the Michigan Supreme Court.
The Michigan Education Association is recommending three candidates who are running for two seats on the court, including Justice Elizabeth Clement (Kla-MENT'). She was appointed to the Supreme Court last year by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Detroit cop loses appeal over lawsuit tied to girl’s death
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for a trial or settlement in a lawsuit against a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed a 7-year-old girl during a raid in 2010.
Two courts have said a jury can decide whether Joseph Weekley's actions amounted to gross negligence. The Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical has prevailed in a long-running lawsuit by property owners over dioxin contamination along the Tittabawassee River.
TV station WJRT says the 2003 lawsuit was recently dismissed by a Saginaw County judge. Dow argued that the statute of limitations had long expired when the case was filed.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a woman can inherit from her husband's estate despite living apart for more than 30 years.
The court in a 4-3 decision issued Tuesday affirmed rulings by lower courts in a dispute about the relationship between Maggie Erwin and her late husband, James Erwin Sr.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is giving new life to a lawsuit that challenged Grand Rapids police officers who took photographs and fingerprints of people who lacked identification.
The case is returning to the state appeals court to determine if the photos and prints violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.