Latest Michigan Supreme Court News

Oxford school shooting trial delayed by appeal by parents

Nov. 29, 2022 11:13 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed the January trial for the parents of the teenager who killed four students at his high school, a victory for defense lawyers who argue that involuntary manslaughter charges don't fit. The court ordered the state appeals...

Whitmer appoints first Black woman to Michigan's top court

Nov. 22, 2022 16:47 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kyra Harris Bolden will become the first Black woman to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday, choosing a young lawyer who lost a close election just two weeks ago. Bolden will take the seat of Justice Bridget McCormack,...

Spokesman: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will appoint Kyra Harris Bolden as first Black woman to serve on Michigan Supreme Court

Nov. 22, 2022 11:03 AM EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Spokesman: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will appoint Kyra Harris Bolden as first Black woman to serve on Michigan Supreme Court.

Clement picked by Michigan Supreme Court as chief justice

Nov. 21, 2022 12:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Elizabeth Clement is the new chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Clement was the unanimous choice of her colleagues on the court. She takes over from Bridget McCormack, who is leaving the court as soon as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, picks a...

Ex-Michigan health chief asks court to end Flint water saga

Nov. 17, 2022 14:58 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for Michigan's former health director are urging an appeals court to quickly stop an effort to revive criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis of 2014-15. Nick Lyon's defense team made the plea this week in response to a pledge by prosecutors to try...

State Supreme Court wins shaped by abortion, redistricting

Nov. 12, 2022 11:10 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republicans have claimed key victories in state Supreme Court races that will give them an advantage in major redistricting fights, while Democrats notched similarly significant wins with help from groups focused on defending abortion access. The expensive...

Zahra, Bernstein reelected to Michigan Supreme Court

Nov. 09, 2022 10:28 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Voters reelected two Michigan Supreme Court justices, maintaining the Democratic Party's 4-3 majority. Justice Richard Bernstein was first in the five-candidate field Tuesday with more than 30% of the vote, followed by Justice Brian Zahra at 24%. The two top...

Michigan Supreme Court reinstates poll challenger guidance

Nov. 03, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local clerks may use new poll challenger guidelines issued by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for Tuesday's election The decision will pause a Michigan judge's Oct. 20 ruling that blocked poll challenger...

Michigan's top court to look at 2020 election robocall case

Nov. 03, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court agreed to take an appeal from two conservative political activists who were charged with crimes for robocalls that tried to discourage Black Detroit voters from mailing their ballots in the 2020 election. The court said Wednesday it wants...

Abortion ruling intensifies fight over state supreme courts

Sep. 30, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

Surrounded by states with abortion bans that took effect after Roe v. Wade fell, Illinois is one of the few places where the procedure remains legal in the Midwest. Abortion-rights supporters are worried that might not last. Their concern is shared in at least a half-dozen states,...