U.S. Supreme Court

succo via Pixabay | CC BY 2.0 / Pixabay.com

A judge has reduced a sentence for a southern Michigan man convicted of murder as a teenager to at least 37 years in prison.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports 41-year-old Terrence Kelly is the second of eight juvenile lifers from Calhoun County to be re-sentenced after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that life without parole for juveniles is cruel and unusual punishment.

Kelly already has served more than 23 years toward the new 37- to 60-year sentence. Kelly's attorney Sofia Nelson argued for a minimum sentence of 25 years.

pixabay.com

Three men on Michigan's sex offender registry have settled a federal lawsuit over housing requirements that restrict where they can live.

The Grand Rapids Press reports they'd been told they couldn't live in homes that were within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

Attorney Sarah Riley Howard challenged the restriction as vague.

The settlement with the state comes after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a decision in a similar case that found Michigan had excessive restrictions.

Poker casino game
Ab5602 via Wikimedia | Public Domain / Wikimedia.org

Supreme Court justices suggested Tuesday that they would side with a Native American tribe in Michigan in a case that arose out of the tribe's construction of a casino.

The case the justices heard oral argument on Tuesday has already been to the Supreme Court once.

Courthouse
Tim Evanson via Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0 / wikimedia.org

The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that said significant changes to Michigan's sex offender registry law could not be applied retroactively.

Michigan asked the high court to take up the issue after a 2016 federal appeals court ruling, but the Supreme Court declined in an order Monday.

The appeals court said that retroactively applying the changes to people already on the list would unconstitutionally increase punishments after offenders' convictions.

Wiki commons

The Supreme Court won't take up a challenge to a Michigan law that allows the state to temporarily take away local officials' authority during financial crises and appoint an emergency manager.

The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case.

Voters and elected officials were challenging a state law that says that to rescue financially stressed cities and school districts the state can reassign the governing powers of local officials to a state-appointed emergency manager.

An emergency manager was in place during the water crisis in Flint.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has challenged the University of Michigan to get more black students as she received an honorary degree from the school. Asked Monday about what public universities will look like in the decades ahead, Sotomayor said they're going to "look a lot like" the University of Michigan but more diverse - a remark that drew applause. She says the number of black students at the Ann Arbor school is a "real problem."

Detroit
Andrea_44 via Wikimedia | CC BY 2.0 / wikimedia.org

A federal appeals court says it’s too late to go back and re-hash the "Grand Bargain" that allowed Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy two years ago.

In a split decision, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a challenge filed by five city of Detroit retirees. They say the city shouldn’t be allowed to reduce their benefits after they retired.

But the court said re-visiting the controversy could unravel the deal, and would stoke uncertainty.

The court said that would be unfair to other creditors, and hundreds of thousands of Detroit residents.

Hilary Farrell

Michigan voters will continue to have the option of using one mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates in November.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to reverse two lower courts and allow a ban on straight-ticket voting to take effect.

Mark Brewer is one the attorneys who challenged Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting. He called it a victory for voters.

voting sticker
Vox Efx via Flickr | CC BY 2.0 / Flickr.com

A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.

A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.

Republicans in the Legislature adopted a bill signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder earlier this year law that banned the practice of allowing voters to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot.

Courthouse
Tim Evanson via Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0 / wikimedia.org

There will be a new round of court filings this week in the battle to get marijuana legalization on the November ballot. 

The MI Legalize campaign is expected to file a set of motions Tuesday in an effort to get the case settled in time for the November 2016 election.

Last June, the organization filed a lawsuit with the Michigan Court of Claims challenging a signature rule. The rule says any signatures for a petition gathered outside a 180-day window are invalid.

Pages