Latest Michigan state government News

Judge's ad-lib erases verdict, long sentence in gun case

Jul. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man sent to prison for 14 years for gun crimes will get a new trial after the Michigan Supreme Court said a judge coerced the jury into a verdict. After just 75 minutes of deliberations, jurors said they couldn't reach a unanimous decision. Wayne County Judge Qiana Lillard wasn't pleased,...

Michigan court mulls legality of weaker wage, sick time laws

Jul. 17, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans' maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was "outright unconstitutional," a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a "last line of defense" against the unprecedented...

Murder conviction overturned; judge was too aggressive

Jul. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction in Saginaw County, saying a judge questioned a witness like a prosecutor. The court says a judge can ask questions during a trial. But the justices say Judge Fred Borchard went beyond an attempt to clarify testimony in the...

Dem trying to unseat Michigan's Amash raised $100K in 1 week

Jul. 16, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash said Tuesday she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign for what's become a crowded — and newly competitive — three-way race. Attorney Hillary Scholten of Grand Rapids joined the race...

Supreme Court clarifies proper venue in drug-related death

Jul. 16, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of providing drugs that led to a fatal overdose won't face charges in the county where the death occurred. The Michigan Supreme Court agreed with Romon McBurrows and said Monroe County is the wrong venue. Nicholas Abraham died at home in Monroe County in December 2016,...

Study: Michigan prison workers facing mental health crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prison workers are facing a mental health crisis that includes much higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and alcohol abuse than in the general public, according to a study released Monday. The report , conducted for the state Department of...

Judge dismisses Courser's lawsuit against House, ex-leaders

Jul. 15, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a former Michigan lawmaker who resigned over a sex scandal accused ex-leaders of the state House of Representatives of conspiring to remove him from office and subject him to criminal charges. Todd Courser's suit was tossed last...

Prosecutors seek delay of Michigan lawmaker's bribery trial

Jul. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to push back the trial of a northern Michigan lawmaker who is charged with scheming to trade votes for campaign money. Prosecutors say in a court filing that the case against Traverse City-area Republican Rep. Larry Inman is unusual and needs more...

Supreme Court orders new trials for 2 men in Allegan County

Jul. 11, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men after finding that Allegan County juries were likely swayed by experts whose testimony went too far. In a unanimous decision, the court said experts can't tell a jury that children usually don't lie when reporting sexual...

Michigan's top court lets local court cost scheme stand

Jul. 11, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the practice of charging people for the costs of running local courts, a law that brings in tens of millions of dollars each year across the state and helps prop up ailing city budgets. Critics call it an illegal tax on people convicted...