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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case that pits school districts against advocates who say people should be allowed to carry firearms in schools.

Gun rights groups are suing the Ann Arbor and Clio school districts. They say state law preempts the districts’ right to ban guns on school property. The law says local governments cannot adopt their own firearms ordinances.

A frozen pipe, a deep hole and a curious woman in the Upper Peninsula - it all adds up to a case for the Michigan Supreme Court. The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a dispute between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and resident Alice Brown. She sued the city after falling into a 6-foot (2-meter) hole that was excavated to repair a water pipe near her home.

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The Michigan Supreme Court says a judge was wrong to increase the sentence of man convicted of armed robbery. That’s because the judge made an assumption at sentencing instead of using actual proof.

Anthony White robbed a gas station. During the robbery he held a gun to a victim’s head and the victim later said she heard the trigger being pulled.

Michigan's high court is expected to weigh in sometime in 2018 on whether school districts can ban anyone not in law enforcement from carrying guns onto school grounds. The Michigan Supreme Court has invited sides in a disputed lower-court decision to file written arguments. Oral arguments are expected in coming months, though a hearing date hasn't been set.

The legal battle stems from a 2016 appellate court ruling that public schools can ban guns from their premises. It rejected a challenge by gun rights groups and parents who are licensed to carry firearms.

Governor names Elizabeth Clement to Michigan Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed his chief lawyer Elizabeth Clement to the Michigan Supreme Court. Clement fills the vacancy left when Joan Larsen was appointed to a federal appeals court by President Donald Trump. Snyder on Friday called Clement an "exceptional attorney and leader" who will bring varied experience in government and private practice to the bench. 

Michigan Supreme Court hearing sex offender registry case

Oct 11, 2017

The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of a man who was placed on the sex offender registry for touching a girl's breasts, even though his case was dismissed in 1997 after successful probation and community service. Boban Temelkoski wants to be erased from the registry. He says he's been punished for decades by lawmakers because his non-conviction has been treated as a conviction.

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Two northern Michigan townships have won a key ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court in a dispute over valuable land for a commercial project.

In a unanimous decision, the court says the State Boundary Commission was wrong when it stopped the transfer of 241 acres to Haring Township from Clam Lake Township. Owners of a portion of the land wanted it to be annexed into Cadillac in Wexford County.

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The Michigan Supreme Court won't intervene in a personal-injury case that could have consequences for big-box stores in the state.

After hearing arguments months ago, the court said Friday it will let an appeals court decision stand against Menards, the Wisconsin-based home improvement chain.

A shopper, Virginia Rawluszki, was struck by a pickup truck in the crosswalk of a Menards store in Bay City in 2011. She eventually died from her injuries two years later.

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The Michigan Supreme Court says the rights of two jail officers were violated during pre-dawn visits to their homes. Todd VanDoorne and Michael Frederick were charged with having marijuana butter, although a Grand Rapids-area drug team didn't have a search warrant in 2014.

Supreme Court won't revisit big case won by prisoner

May 12, 2017
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A prisoner who won a big case at the Michigan Supreme Court has failed to persuade the justices to reopen it and clear his path to freedom. In 2014, the Supreme Court said it was illegal for Gov. Jennifer Granholm to reduce Matthew Makowski's no-parole sentence and then change her mind before leaving office. 

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