courts http://wkar.org en Supreme Court hears arguments on EPA's reach http://wkar.org/post/supreme-court-hears-arguments-epas-reach <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">U. S. Supreme Court</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hears arguments today that will help determine the scope of what kinds of emissions the </span><a href="http://www.epa.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmental Protection Agency</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can regulate. The outcome could have a big effect on industrial facilities nationwide.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:34:39 +0000 Current State 49807 at http://wkar.org Supreme Court hears arguments on EPA's reach State's high court seeks more language interpreters http://wkar.org/post/states-high-court-seeks-more-language-interpreters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American legal system is littered with ancient Latin terms. Phrases like </span>“habeus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> corpus,” “ex post facto” and “pro bono” are common in our courts. Many of us who are not lawyers and judges have some idea what they mean, but imagine trying to grasp what’s happening in a courtroom when English is not your first language. At best, the experience can be stressful and even frightening without an interpreter.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:03:27 +0000 Current State 48931 at http://wkar.org State's high court seeks more language interpreters From infamy to exoneration: Central Park Five seek final resolution http://wkar.org/post/infamy-exoneration-central-park-five-seek-final-resolution <p></p><p></p><p>On the night of April 19, 1989, a young white woman was raped in Central Park and left for dead. New York City was outraged by the crime. The next day police arrested 5 Black and Latino teenagers, and the media frenzy began. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:25:30 +0000 Emanuele Berry 45530 at http://wkar.org From infamy to exoneration: Central Park Five seek final resolution Ingham judge blasts Court of Claims move http://wkar.org/post/ingham-judge-blasts-court-claims-move <p></p><p></p><p>A controversial bill that would move a key Michigan court is expected to be signed into law soon by Governor Rick Snyder.&nbsp; The measure would transfer the operations of the state’s Court of Claims to the Michigan Court of Appeals. The court of claims hears legal actions that are filed against the state of Michigan. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:10:03 +0000 Current State 45105 at http://wkar.org Ingham judge blasts Court of Claims move State Sen. Jones defends push to move Court of Claims out of Ingham County http://wkar.org/post/state-sen-jones-defends-push-move-court-claims-out-ingham-county <p></p><p></p><p>Republicans in the Michigan legislature are pursuing change at the state’s Court of Claims.&nbsp; That’s the judicial body that decides legal actions against the state. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:26:22 +0000 Current State 44770 at http://wkar.org State Sen. Jones defends push to move Court of Claims out of Ingham County Michigan looks to expand mental health courts http://wkar.org/post/michigan-looks-expand-mental-health-courts <p>Earlier this month, a group of House Republican lawmakers introduced a four-bill package that would create a permanent system of mental health treatment courts in Michigan.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:11:37 +0000 Current State 36021 at http://wkar.org AG Schuette Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Affirmative Action Ban http://wkar.org/post/ag-schuette-asks-us-supreme-court-decide-affirmative-action-ban <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is taking the state’s ban on affirmative action to the U.S. Supreme Court. Schuette filed paperwork Thursday asking the high court to take the case.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:18:39 +0000 Jake Neher 27631 at http://wkar.org AG Schuette Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Affirmative Action Ban State Court Of Appeals Says Juvenile Lifers Can’t Be Re-Sentenced http://wkar.org/post/state-court-appeals-says-juvenile-lifers-can-t-be-re-sentenced <p>A U.S. Supreme Court decision banning automatic life sentences for juveniles does not apply to those already serving in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:13:33 +0000 Jake Neher 27067 at http://wkar.org State Court Of Appeals Says Juvenile Lifers Can’t Be Re-Sentenced Michigan Schools Weigh Affirmative Action Ruling http://wkar.org/post/michigan-schools-weigh-affirmative-action-ruling <p>Some universities in Michigan say they're taking a wait-and-see approach on how to proceed a day after a federal appeals court threw out the state's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:43:12 +0000 The Associated Press 27057 at http://wkar.org Michigan Schools Weigh Affirmative Action Ruling Appeals Court Strikes Down MI Affirmative Action Ban http://wkar.org/post/appeals-court-strikes-down-mi-affirmative-action-ban <p>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Michigan’s voter-approved ban on race-based affirmative action in state university admissions and public employment.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:22:24 +0000 Rick Pluta 26999 at http://wkar.org Appeals Court Strikes Down MI Affirmative Action Ban Judge Says Shirvell Entitled To Jobless Benefits http://wkar.org/post/judge-says-shirvell-entitled-jobless-benefits <p></p><p>A court has ruled the former assistant attorney general who was fired for harassing a gay student leader at the University of Michigan is entitled to unemployment benefits.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:28:22 +0000 Rick Pluta 26110 at http://wkar.org Judge Says Shirvell Entitled To Jobless Benefits Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Juvenile Lifer Case http://wkar.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-hears-arguments-juvenile-lifer-case <p>Judges on a Michigan Court of Appeals panel say state lawmakers should figure out how to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on so-called “juvenile lifers.”</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:15:02 +0000 Jake Neher 25494 at http://wkar.org Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Juvenile Lifer Case MI Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Cases http://wkar.org/post/mi-supreme-court-hears-medical-marijuana-cases <p>The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on the future of medical marijuana dispensaries and growing cooperatives.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:23:25 +0000 Rick Pluta 25268 at http://wkar.org MI Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Cases Senate Hearings to Open on Public Defense in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/senate-hearings-open-public-defense-michigan <p>The state Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings Tuesday on a plan to fix Michigan’s public defender system.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:01:33 +0000 Rick Pluta 25087 at http://wkar.org Senate Hearings to Open on Public Defense in Michigan Court: Deduction for Health Care Unconstitutional http://wkar.org/post/court-deduction-health-care-unconstitutional <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled unconstitutional a state law forcing school employees to pay 3% of their salary toward retiree health care.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 22:12:16 +0000 The Associated Press 22488 at http://wkar.org Court: Deduction for Health Care Unconstitutional Appeals Court Decides Against Casino Vote http://wkar.org/post/appeals-court-decides-against-casino-vote <p>The state appeals court is siding with a group that opposes the expansion of casino gambling in Michigan.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:20:45 +0000 The Associated Press 22289 at http://wkar.org Appeals Court Decides Against Casino Vote Court of Appeals Asked to Lift Order That House GOP Count Procedural Votes http://wkar.org/post/court-appeals-asked-lift-order-house-gop-count-procedural-votes <p>A battle over how Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives count votes was argued Wednesday before the state Court of Appeals.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:25:46 +0000 Rick Pluta 21917 at http://wkar.org Court of Appeals Asked to Lift Order That House GOP Count Procedural Votes Judge Economy: Life Prison Sentence Still Possible for Lansing Teen http://wkar.org/post/judge-economy-life-prison-sentence-still-possible-lansing-teen <p>A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court has confusing repercussions for a recent court decision in Lansing. WKAR’ Mark Bashore spoke with Ingham County Judge George Economy to clarify how the ruling impacts the sentencing of 15 year old Lansing felon, Charles Lewis Jr.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 19918 at http://wkar.org Judge Economy: Life Prison Sentence Still Possible for Lansing Teen Court says State Agency can Impose Welfare Time Limits http://wkar.org/post/court-says-state-agency-can-impose-welfare-time-limits <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals says the state Department of Human Services can cut off cash assistance welfare benefits to people who hit the federal time limit – even if they have time remaining on their state benefits.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:35:19 +0000 Rick Pluta 19676 at http://wkar.org Court says State Agency can Impose Welfare Time Limits Michigan Prepares to Re-sentence Juvenile Lifers http://wkar.org/post/michigan-prepares-re-sentence-juvenile-lifers <p>Arrangements are being made to return more than 350 Michigan inmates to the courts where they were sentenced. The prisoners will get new sentences under a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:34:39 +0000 Rick Pluta 19609 at http://wkar.org Michigan Prepares to Re-sentence Juvenile Lifers Michigan Supreme Court Weighs MSU Free Speech Case http://wkar.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-weighs-msu-free-speech-case <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a case that questions the constitutionality of a Michigan State University ordinance.&nbsp; Wed, 04 Apr 2012 20:58:01 +0000 Kevin Lavery 15282 at http://wkar.org Michigan Supreme Court Weighs MSU Free Speech Case