Latest Michigan Supreme Court News

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...

Michigan restricts use of restraints on teens in courts

Jul. 29, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is restricting the use of handcuffs and other restraints on juveniles when they appear in court. They can't be used unless a judge determines that a restraint would prevent harm or there's a belief that a child might dash...

Court erases conviction of man in sex offender registry case

Jul. 27, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court threw out out the conviction of a man who was accused of failing to register under an old version of the state's sex offender registry. The court became the latest to declare that the 2011 law was unconstitutional when applied...

Man clears hurdle for pay years after wrongful conviction

Jul. 21, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man sent to prison for a drug crime has cleared a hurdle in a bid to get state compensation for a wrongful conviction in a case with unusual circumstances. Evidence that would have helped David Maples wasn't available to him when he decided to plead...