Latest Michigan Supreme Court News

LGBT rights ballot drive officially dead after appeal denied

Nov. 02, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear the appeal of an LGBTQ-rights ballot committee that contended officials wrongly disqualified tens thousands of voter signatures it submitted for an initiative to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation...

State's top court looks at law that makes convicts pay bills

Oct. 28, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look again at a law that allows communities to collect millions of dollars from poor criminal defendants to pay salaries, keep lights on and wax floors in courthouses up and down the state. The issue is whether...

Juneteenth could become a Michigan court holiday

Oct. 20, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a statewide court holiday on Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery. The court said it will accept public comment and hold a hearing in the months ahead. Juneteenth...

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...