Latest Michigan Supreme Court News

Court hears case about wrong fraud decisions by state agency

Oct. 06, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could open the door to financial penalties against the state for computer-driven decisions that wrongly accused thousands of people of fraud when they collected unemployment benefits. No...

State's top court looking at convictions in porch shooting

Oct. 03, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Years later, the Michigan Supreme Court this week is revisiting the case of a young woman who was killed while pounding on a door before dawn in suburban Detroit. The result could lead to a new sentencing hearing for Ted Wafer, who has been in prison...

Michigan Supreme Court to review sentence in '09 murder

Sep. 23, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court will look at the life sentence of a man who was a teenager in 2009 when he was charged with a notorious kidnapping and murder in suburban Detroit. Robert Taylor, now 29, is serving a life sentence with no chance for...

Michigan's top court rejects redistricting lawsuit _ for now

Sep. 16, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to deadlines set by a commission that is drawing new maps for seats in Congress and the Legislature, but the legal battle is not over. The court turned down an opportunity to immediately...

Redistricting commission sued over deadline for new maps

Sep. 08, 2021 07:41 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan commission drawing new maps for seats in Congress and the Legislature is being sued over its plan to skip a Nov. 1 deadline to create the districts. The lawsuit by a Detroit-area activist means the Michigan Supreme Court could ultimately...

Guardianship case highlights need for counsel, justices say

Aug. 28, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Three justices on the Michigan Supreme Court believe lawyers should be appointed to help people navigate complicated guardianship disputes. The remarks came in an unusual case: A woman spent about five years trying to get two children back after their...

Detroit greenway named in honor of former Mayor Archer

Aug. 01, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) recreational biking and walking path connecting some eastside Detroit neighborhoods to the city’s riverfront has been named in honor of former Mayor Dennis Archer. Work on the Mayor Dennis W. Archer Greenway is expected to be...

Michigan Supreme Court judge gives pep talk to jail inmates

Jul. 31, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Inmates at a Flint-area jail got a pep talk from an unlikely visitor: a Michigan Supreme Court justice. Richard Bernstein recently shook the hands of 24 people enrolled in an education program intended to help them succeed when they're released from...

On belay: Supreme Court revives lawsuit over zip line injury

Jul. 30, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A dispute between siblings over a zip line injury is returning to court in suburban Detroit. The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday revived a lawsuit by Doreen Rott, who had knee surgery after zip lining in brother Arthur Rott's yard in...

State's top court: Detroiters can vote on city constitution

Jul. 29, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for a vote next week on major changes to Detroit's constitution that critics claim could ruin the city's delicate finances. The state Supreme Court, in a 4-3 order, said the ballot question isn't doomed...