Courtesy Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney. But underfunded and disjointed public defense systems means that low income people accused of a crime don’t get adequate representation in court. A new set of standards from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission hopes to change that.

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Juveniles convicted of murder in Michigan would no longer face mandatory life sentences under bills in the state House.   

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State Representative Bob Genetski will serve no jail time for his drunken driving conviction handed down last month.

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Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth is offering a way for people convicted of non-violent crimes to avoid time behind bars by cleaning up dead animals.