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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Supreme Court hears arguments on EPA's reach

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today about the EPA's ability to regulate certain kinds of emissions.
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The U. S. Supreme Court hears arguments today that will help determine the scope of what kinds of emissions the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate. The outcome could have a big effect on industrial facilities nationwide.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

State's high court seeks more language interpreters

Justice Bridget McCormack
Credit www.courts.mi.gov

The American legal system is littered with ancient Latin terms. Phrases like “habeus 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.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

From infamy to exoneration: Central Park Five seek final resolution

Raymond Santana (left) and Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five were exonerated years after their incarceration.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Ingham judge blasts Court of Claims move

Legislation introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) would move the Court of Claims from Ingham County to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
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A controversial bill that would move a key Michigan court is expected to be signed into law soon by Governor Rick Snyder.  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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon November 4, 2013

State Sen. Jones defends push to move Court of Claims out of Ingham County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says it’s wrong and expensive to focus the operations of the Court of Claims in Ingham County.
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Republicans in the Michigan legislature are pursuing change at the state’s Court of Claims.  That’s the judicial body that decides legal actions against the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Michigan looks to expand mental health courts

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.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

AG Schuette Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Affirmative Action Ban

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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.  

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

State Court Of Appeals Says Juvenile Lifers Can’t Be Re-Sentenced

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision banning automatic life sentences for juveniles does not apply to those already serving in Michigan.  

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Michigan Schools Weigh Affirmative Action Ruling

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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.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Appeals Court Strikes Down MI Affirmative Action Ban

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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. 

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NewsRoom
4:28 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Judge Says Shirvell Entitled To Jobless Benefits

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.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Juvenile Lifer Case

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

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.”

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NewsRoom
7:23 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

MI Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Cases

WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on the future of medical marijuana dispensaries and growing cooperatives.

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NewsRoom
8:01 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Senate Hearings to Open on Public Defense in Michigan

WKAR file photo

The state Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings Tuesday on a plan to fix Michigan’s public defender system.

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NewsRoom
6:12 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Court: Deduction for Health Care Unconstitutional

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled unconstitutional a state law forcing school employees to pay 3% of their salary toward retiree health care.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Appeals Court Decides Against Casino Vote

southerfried morgueFile

The state appeals court is siding with a group that opposes the expansion of casino gambling in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Asked to Lift Order That House GOP Count Procedural Votes

southerfried morgueFile

A battle over how Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives count votes was argued Wednesday before the state Court of Appeals.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Judge Economy: Life Prison Sentence Still Possible for Lansing Teen

Judge George Economy
Courtesy Ingham County

A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court has confusing repercussions for a recent court decision in Lansing.  The high court ruled that laws like Michigan’s that sometimes mandate life sentences for juveniles found guilty of serious crimes are unconstitutional.

In January, a jury found 15-year old Charles Lewis Junior of Lansing guilty of accomplice to murder, a felony. WKAR’ Mark Bashore spoke with Ingham County Judge George Economy to clarify how the ruling impacts Lewis’ sentence.     

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Court says State Agency can Impose Welfare Time Limits

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

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.

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NewsRoom
8:34 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Michigan Prepares to Re-sentence Juvenile Lifers

southerfried morgueFile

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.

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NewsRoom
4:58 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Michigan Supreme Court Weighs MSU Free Speech Case

The Michigan Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a case that questions the constitutionality of a Michigan State University ordinance. 

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