Prosecutors have failed to persuade the Michigan Supreme Court to consider the case of two guides accused of illegally helping an American Indian hunt for bear.
William McNeight and Blaine Levigne were convicted of a misdemeanor in Emmet County, but the result was thrown out last summer by the appeals court. The Supreme Court says that decision will stand.
Justices Brian Zahra and Marilyn Kelly wanted to hear an appeal from the attorney general's office, but they were in the minority this week.
The appeals court says Michigan law doesn't stop people from assisting someone during a lawful bear hunt. There was no evidence that the guides possessed a gun, crossbow or bow and arrow.