MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT
Michigan Supreme Court strikes down law that made ballot petitions harder
LANSING, MI — The Michigan Supreme Court struck down parts of a Republican-led 2018 law Monday that made collecting signatures for voter-led ballot initiatives more difficult. The Michigan Supreme Court struck down parts of the 2018 law, which limited the proportion of signatures ballot initiatives collected to 15% per Congressional district and added an affidavit requirement and checkbox distinguishing paid circulators. It held up, however, a requirement that circulators check a box on petitions saying whether they are paid. Justice Richard Bernstein agreed with the majority opinion in large part but dissented to the checkbox requirement. Nessel determined several parts of the law, including the cap on valid signatures from each congressional district, to be unconstitutional.mlive.com
Michigan judge suspended 6 months, used sexual language with female prosecutors
DETROIT -- Wayne County Judge Bruce Morrow was suspended for six months Thursday after the Michigan Supreme Court found he committed misconduct while on the bench. According to the Associated Press, the Judicial Tenure Commission sought a 12-month suspension after Morrow was accused of using crass and sexual language while discussing a court case with a pair of female prosecutors.mlive.com
Michigan redistricting commission meets behind closed doors again, citing pending litigation
Michigan’s independent redistricting commission met behind closed doors for a second time Thursday, despite a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that found its previous closed session unconstitutional. Michigan’s redistricting commission wants to see your ideal political maps. With census data in hand, Michigan’s redistricting commission to start drafting new political mapsWhat they’ve proposed:All the proposed maps can be viewed here. Mapping Michigan: Here’s where the political redistricting process standsWith 9 maps proposed, Michigan redistricting heads into final public comment phaseLegal questions abound, but Michigan redistricting commission has 9 mapsSix regions to watch as Michigan’s redistricting commission moves closer to finalizing political mapsMichigan redistricting commission approves state Senate draft map in surprise voteSee the 10 draft maps Michigan’s redistricting commission wants the public to considerDraft maps for new Michigan legislative districts currently favor Republicans, analysis showsSee the Michigan redistricting commission’s proposed state Senate districtsRedistricting commission drafts political districts in Southern, Central MichiganThe process so far:Read the legal memos Michigan’s redistricting commission wanted to keep secretMichigan redistricting commission votes against releasing memos from controversial closed meetingBefore making changes to political maps, Michigan’s redistricting commission retreats behind closed doorsTension builds as Detroit redistricting commissioners seek major changes to political mapsMichigan redistricting commission meeting delayed due to emailed threatMichigan’s redistricting commission promised transparency. 7 things to know ahead of Michigan’s redistricting public hearingsFacing time crunch, Michigan redistricting commission cuts back on public hearingsMichigan redistricting commission alters its map drawing schedule againNew schedule for new maps: Michigan redistricting commission takes regional approachAs Michigan’s redistricting deadline looms, chair of commission has missed 10 of last 14 meetingsThe last time Michigan redrew its political districts, it packed together minority voters, data showsPublic reaction:Detroit residents to Michigan redistricting commission: Scrap draft political mapsProposed Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids Congressional district a hot topic at West Michigan redistricting hearingFlint residents ask redistricting commission not to split city into separate legislative districtsDetroit lawmakers call redistricting commission’s draft political maps ‘unacceptable’Michigan redistricting commission’s latest critic?mlive.com
Core value or ‘catchphrase’? New Michigan Supreme Court diversity commission draws objections from 2 justices
Race has no place in the judicial system, according to two Republican-nominated Michigan Supreme Court justices who dissented as the Michigan Supreme Court adopted an administrative order creating a diversity, equity and inclusion commission this week. Of the Court’s six justices and the chief justice, Justice David Viviano and Justice Brian Zahra were in the minority who disagreed with the creation of the commission. “It is no small thing to leave unstated the meaning of ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’,” Viviano said. The State Court Administrative Office, Supreme Court staff, the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan State Bar Foundation are responsible for the commission’s leadership. “This new commission will assist the Court in recognizing its deficiencies and blind spots as an institution and an employer,” Welch said.mlive.com
Read the lawsuit Black lawmakers have filed against Michigan’s redistricting commission
Detroit state lawmakers and other Wayne County residents have officially filed suit against Michigan’s independent redistricting commission and are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to order the panel to redraw its maps. The lawsuit was initially announced Monday by Rep. Tenisha Yancey, a Detroit Democrat who chairs the Legislature’s Detroit caucus, and other supporters, although the complaint was not filed with the court until late Wednesday evening.mlive.com
Read the legal memos Michigan’s redistricting commission wanted to keep secret
Michigan’s independent redistricting commission fought hard to keep its discussion about the Voting Rights Act and related material from its attorneys private. On Monday afternoon, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the panel to make it public — and found the Oct. 27 closed session the commission held should not have been held behind closed doors.mlive.com
MIOSHA dismisses coronavirus citations against Port Huron after year-long appeal by city
The city of Port Huron has cleared its name after a year of maintaining it did not violate the COVID-19 protocols cited by The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. But Port Huron City Manager James Freed said it was a matter of principle to defend city employees who were complying with evolving safety orders. Even after the Port Huron appeal, the agency maintains this stance, according to a statement from MIOSHA spokesperson Erica Quealy. “Our case, from a factual standpoint, I thought was unique because the city of Port Huron had done so much,” he said. MIOSHA notified a state appeals board that it plans to dismiss its case against Port Huron last month.mlive.com
LGBT Rights Ballot Drive Officially Dead After Appeal Denied
The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear the appeal of an LGBTQ-rights ballot committee that contended officials wrongly disqualified tens of thousands of voter signatures it submitted for an initiative to prohibit...detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan's Top Court Looks At Law That Makes Convicts Pay Bills
The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look again at a law that allows communities to collect millions of dollars from poor criminal defendants to pay salaries, keep lights on and wax floors in courthouses up and down the state.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan AG to argue before state Supreme Court that sexual orientation is a protected
Michigan’s primary civil rights law, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, outlaws discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status and marital status, but not sexual orientation. “We’re arguing before the Michigan Supreme Court that all Michiganders are entitled to the same civil rights,” Nessel said after filing a brief with the court. The law does protect from discrimination based on “sex,” which Nessel’s office in a 41-page brief argues should encompass sexual orientation. “Statutory text alone necessitates the conclusion that the ELCRA (Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act) prohibits sexual orientation discrimination. Murray said he was bound to a 28-year-old precedent that established sexual orientation does not fall within the meaning of sex under ELCRA.mlive.com
Court Hears Case About Wrong Fraud Decisions By State Agency
The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments on Oct. 6 in a case that could open the door to financial penalties against the state for computer-driven decisions that wrongly accused thousands of people of fraud when they collected...detroit.cbslocal.com
Life sentence in murder case set for review by Michigan Supreme Court
EASTPOINT, MI -- The Michigan Supreme Court is set to examine a life sentence issued to a then 16-year-old boy who was convicted of murder in 2009. Both Taylor and Maslamani were convicted of murder and were under the age of 18 at the time. The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next year regarding Taylor, which include a look at if a Macomb County judge properly weighed several factors when she handed down the life sentence. Taylor’s age at the time of the murder will also be discussed as life sentences are no longer automatic for teens convicted of murder. The court reviewed Maslamani’s sentence last year, but determined that sentence would remain in place.mlive.com
Detroit Voters Reject Proposal P, Changes To City Charter
Voters in Detroit on Aug. 3 rejected a ballot proposal that called for the creation of some new city departments, restructuring the police and fire departments, and linking water rates and public transportation fares to income.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan Supreme court sides with state on local government, school funding
LANSING, MI — The Michigan Supreme Court sided mostly with the state Wednesday in a consequential case on the state’s role in funding local governments and schools. In the case, Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government v. Michigan, the Supreme Court ruled on a number of issues involving the 1978 Headlee Amendment. The amendment includes provisions affecting state and local taxes that require 48.97% of state revenue be paid to local governments. In a 2019 case, the state Court of Appeals sided with local governments, which have long argued that the state has been underfunding them. “State funding to a unit of local government is state funding to a unit of local government, whether that funding is tied to a state mandate or is unrestricted aid for discretionary spending,” Cavanagh wrote.mlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court says sex-offender registry punishes, can’t be applied retroactively
The provisions restricted where sex offenders could live or work and forced them to follow other rules or face prosecution. The state Court of Appeals denied his application but the Supreme Court heard oral argument. The federal court rejected claims that retroaction application of the 2011 law violated ex post facto protections, court records said. The federal court ordered the parties to draw a proposed judgment but the process has been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Supreme Court said that over 40,000 registrants were subject to the 2011 SORA.mlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court justice visits Genesee County Jail, helps provide hope for inmates
FLINT, MI – Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein was surrounded by cinder block walls and 24 people in orange jumpsuits. The program, which aims to break the cycle of generational incarceration negatively affecting families and communities, is made possible through the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Mt. The judge also told inmates of his more difficult experiences. The more difficult or painful experiences aren’t given to us to enjoy life or make the most out of them. We should look to use those difficult experiences to do something impactful,” Bernstein said.mlive.com
Michigan Senate votes to repeal emergency powers law after successful petition initiative
The Michigan Senate approved Unlock Michigan’s initiative to repeal the law used by Gov. Related: Michigan Legislature primed to repeal emergency powers law after certification of Unlock Michigan petitionRepublicans who supported the Unlock Michigan measure said the initiative was needed to prevent abuse of executive powers. Read more: Canvassers have ‘legal duty’ to certify Unlock Michigan petition, Supreme Court rulesUnlock Michigan collected more than the 340,047 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. Under state law, the Legislature gets the first pass at citizen-led ballot initiatives proposing statutory changes before they head to the ballot. Read more on MLive:Unlock Michigan launching new petition drive, this time to curb health department powersUnlock Michigan petition certification fails in split vote of state canvassersUnlock Michigan petition signatures deemed valid by Secretary of StateUnlock Michigan petition effort was ‘sleazy,’ but not illegal, AG saysmlive.com
Does Michigan’s civil rights law apply to LGTBQ people? Michigan Supreme Court will decide.
The Michigan Supreme Court is will soon hear arguments in what could be a landmark case for LGBTQ rights. With legislation stalled and the petition initiative seemingly doomed, the Supreme Court could be the best hope for supporters of making LGTBQ people a protected class. “I think it’s important to note that, for the first time in decades, there’s a progressive majority on the Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray partially sided with the civil rights commission in a December 2020 ruling. This lead to the Michigan Supreme Court announcing it will bypass the Court of Appeals and hear arguments on whether the civil rights law bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.mlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court denies request to extend redistricting deadline amid census delays
The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied a petition to grant relief to the state’s redistricting panel, who expects to adopt new congressional and legislative maps months later than allowed by the constitution.
Michigan Supreme Court rejects redistricting commission’s request for more time to redraw political maps
LANSING, MI — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected the Independent Citizens Redistricting Committee request for an extension of the deadline to draw the state’s new political maps. The commission made the request due to delayed release of complete 2020 census data. In an order released Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that a deadline extension to December is “unwarranted,” leaving commissioners to rely on preliminary census data. “But to draw plans, the Commission must have the 2020 census data from the federal government,” the commission wrote in the petition. Michigan’s redistricting commission wants to see your ideal political maps.mlive.com
Smart meter refusal fees stand after Supreme Court declines to hear case against utilities
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and the Michigan Public Service Commission – which advocated for the fee to continue – in 2020. It was appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case in April. Residential Customer Group has raised privacy and safety concerns with the smart meters, but the Court of Appeals said the arguments had no merit. The MPSC supports the surcharge because of the added costs that come with analog meters, Helms said. “The surcharges cover a utility’s costs for maintaining and continuing to support analog meters,” Helms said in an email.mlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court Justice returns after dealing with war and criticism during six-month diplomacy tour
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein is home after a six-month mission to develop policies affecting people with disabilities in the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Michigan Republicans argued the travel affected Bernstein’s ability to hear proceedings and questioned his commitment to the state’s highest court. Supreme Court justices are nonpartisan, but political parties nominate candidates. He said he maintained a rigorous schedule to fulfill his duties on the Supreme Court from a different time zone. READ MORE ON MLIVE:Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bernstein said he’s working ‘harder than ever’ after three months abroadBlind marathon-running lawyer, a Detroit native, makes history with Michigan Supreme Court winmlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court bypasses Court of Appeals to hear LGBTQ case
LANSING, MI — The Michigan Supreme Court has bypassed the appellate court in agreeing to a Department of Civil Rights request to hear its appeal of a lower-court ruling that held the sex classification in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act does not encompass sexual orientation. They have filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, arguing the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act doesn’t protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Supreme Court called for briefs to be filed by Oct. 25 with no extensions unless good cause is shown. In the majority were Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, Justice Richard Bernstein, Justice Megan Cavanagh and Justice Elizabeth Welch. Read more:Wedding venue that declined to host same-sex marriage ceremony sues Michigan Department of Civil RightsLawmakers, Whitmer renew push to expand civil rights protections to Michigan’s LGBTQ residentsNew ballot initiative would protect LGBT Michiganders from housing, employment discriminationmlive.com
Legal options running out for Ypsilanti Township woman defying marijuana law
She was given just 10 days to reach compliance, and that violation could result in the 79-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident seeing jail time and fines. The court order came after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of the township’s restrictions on medical marijuana growth by caregivers. Ypsilanti Township officials feel differently, saying Pontius doesn’t get to pick and choose how she follows the order. The legal fight between Pontius and Ypsilanti Township began after the township passed an ordinance in 2010 prohibiting marijuana growth of more than 12 plants in residential zones. Read more: Ypsilanti Township moves to shut down medical marijuana caregiverAfter the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the county decision, the township appealed to the state Supreme Court.mlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court asked to delay deadline for drawing political district maps
U.S. Census data delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic warrant a deadline extension for Michigan’s new redistricting commission to redraw the state’s political maps, attorneys argued before the Michigan Supreme Court Monday — although some questioned whether such a change was necessary or appropriate. That’s after the date commissioners need to have proposed maps available for public comment under the constitutional amendment, which is Sept. 17. The commission has proposed a new deadline of Dec. 11 for releasing draft redistricting maps and a Jan. 25, 2022 deadline for adopting new maps after public comment. Some justices questioned the point of asking for a deadline extension before the deadline was missed. Michigan’s redistricting commission wants to see your ideal political maps.mlive.com
Unlock Michigan launching new petition drive, this time to curb health department powers
LANSING, MI — Unlock Michigan has plans to launch another petition initiative that will aim to take away the emergency powers of the state health department. Related: Fact check: Michigan’s COVID health orders carry the weight of lawMost of the health orders will have been eliminated or mostly loosened by July 1, but gathering sizes and mask usage are still under the discretion of the MDHHS. The new petition seeks to change the public health code to cap any emergency orders issued by the health department to 28 days without legislative approval. Read more: Canvassers have ‘legal duty’ to certify Unlock Michigan petition, Supreme Court rulesAfter certification, Wzsolek anticipates the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature will repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act. READ MORE FROM MLIVE:Whitmer vetoes bill aimed at limiting health department’s emergency powersCanvassers have ‘legal duty’ to certify Unlock Michigan petition, Supreme Court rulesUnlock Michigan petition certification fails in split vote of state canvassersmlive.com
Former Lapeer County judge barred from serving for 6 years due to misconduct case
LAPEER COUNTY, MI -- Former Lapeer County 40th Circuit Court Judge Byron Konschuh has been barred from serving as a judge for six years following the conclusion of a misconduct case against him, the Michigan Supreme Court has announced. “The cumulative effect and pervasiveness of (Konschuh’s) misconduct convinces this Court that respondent should not hold judicial office,” the Michigan Supreme Court decision reads. In August 2020, the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) recommended to the Michigan Supreme Court that Konschuh be removed from the bench for judicial misconduct. The criminal allegations focused on funds Konschuh was accused of using inappropriately from 2009-2013 while serving as Lapeer County prosecutor. The supreme court is the third review of the facts that make up the JTC, said attorney Donald D. Campbell, who represented Konschuh.mlive.com
Canvassers have ‘legal duty’ to certify Unlock Michigan petition, Supreme Court rules
LANSING, MI — The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Board of State Canvassers must certify the petition signatures of a group looking to force the repeal of the state law Gov. The high court found that the canvassers have a “legal duty” to certify Unlock Michigan’s petition, which seeks to remove the 1945 law from the books. Whitmer used the law to issue emergency orders until the Michigan Supreme Court called the law unconstitutional on Oct. 2, 2020, 10 days after Unlock Michigan submitted its signatures. Keep Michigan Safe announced plans Friday to file a motion for reconsideration in response to the Supreme Court ruling. READ MORE FROM MLIVE:Unlock Michigan petition certification fails in split vote of state canvassersUnlock Michigan petition signatures deemed valid by Secretary of StateUnlock Michigan petition effort was ‘sleazy,’ but not illegal, AG saysmlive.com
Michigan board ordered to OK bill to end emergency powers law used by Gov. Whitmer
The Michigan Supreme Court has unanimously ordered the state elections board to certify a veto-proof initiative that would let Republican legislators wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders.
State Board Ordered To OK Bill To End Emergency Powers Law
On Friday, June 11, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ordered the state elections board to certify a veto-proof initiative that would let Republican legislators wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping...detroit.cbslocal.com
First Genesee County jury trial of the year starts with general public capacity restrictions
FLINT, MI -- The first jury trial of 2021 has started in Genesee County with limited capacity for the public due to COVID-19 guidelines. The jury trial for Dominick Wright started Wednesday, June 9, in Genesee County Circuit Court. The Genesee County Circuit Court building has a double jury courtroom that allows space for the jury and in-person public access, Circuit Court Administrator Barbara Menear told MLive-The Flint Journal. There are two additional smaller courtrooms where jury trials will not have in-person public access but will be live-streamed on YouTube. Wright’s jury trial, the first of the year in Genesee County, is being held in the large courtroom and is not being live-streamed.mlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court won’t hear case of Fenton tennis player injured by teammate
FENTON, MI -- The Michigan Supreme Court won’t take up the case of a former Fenton High School tennis player who suffered a permanent eye injury after a teammate hit a tennis ball that struck him in the eye as a practice was ending. Originally filed and dismissed in Genesee Circuit Court and upheld by the state Court of Appeals, the lawsuit was filed by Bradley Trecha and his father, Jeff Trecha, against Brenden Remillard, an older teammate on the Fenton tennis squad, when both were students at Fenton in September 2016. Trecha was injured at Fenton High School on tennis courts where practice took place, according to court records. Treacha and others had been instructed by their coach to pick up tennis balls around the court, according to a brief filed by his attorney, Edwin W. Jakeway. But Jakeway said the injury his client suffered didn’t have to happen and isn’t an ordinary part of tennis.mlive.com
Conservative activists accused of 2020 voter intimidation robocalls lose appeal
Two conservative activists authorities allege organized thousands of robocalls aimed at discouraging voters ahead of the 2020 election have lost an appeal to toss the case against them, Nessel's office announced Friday.detroitnews.com
Michigan board deadlocks on measure to repeal emergency law used by Gov. Whitmer
Michigan’s elections board has deadlocked on certifying a veto-proof initiative that would enable the Republican-led Legislature to wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders last year.
Michigan’s top court will look at fingerprinting of Black teens
The Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear arguments in the months ahead. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at two cases involving Black teenagers who were photographed and fingerprinted by Grand Rapids police but never charged with a crime. The Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear arguments in the months ahead. The American Civil Liberties Union said Grand Rapids had used the procedure on about 1,000 people per year. Grand Rapids police said fingerprints would be taken from people without ID only if their behavior was “highly suspicious.”Read more: Michigan news
Wayne County prosecutor to dismiss all local cases related to state COVID-19 executive orders
DETROIT – The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is dismissing all pending and adjudicated cases in the county related to COVID-19 executive orders issued by Gov. Prior to the court’s ruling, the Prosecutor’s Office and law enforcement issued ordinance violations and misdemeanors to people who allegedly violated the Emergency Management Act. But with the court’s ruling, the Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the cases and “determined that there is not a legal basis to proceed with them.”AdMore than 1,600 cases are in Detroit. “However, considering the Supreme Court’s decision, WCPO will no longer use criminal prosecution to enforce the governor’s Executive Order. It is my earnest hope that people will continue to wear face masks, social distance, quarantine when warranted.”Cases related to order violations to be dismissed (WCPO)
Looking back at 110 stories that define Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 in Michigan this year
In promulgating Executive Order 2020-69 and Executive Order 2020-70, the Governor has done just that by placing restrictions on certain activities to limit social interactions. “Good news, sports fans: We are now ready to gradually and safely allow professional sports to resume in Michigan,” Whitmer said. July 14: State of emergency extendedWhitmer extended the Michigan state of emergency until Aug. 11 as COVID-19 cases rose across the state. The five-year lending, investment and philanthropic plan aimed to help improve financial opportunities for Michigan businesses, consumers and communities. Dec. 29: Relief bill, unemployment extensionWhitmer signed a $106 million relief bill and also extended COVID-19 unemployment benefits through March 2021.
Michigan private schools win decision over tax dollars for safety
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday upheld a law that gives public money to private schools to comply with health and safety orders. The court's decision was 3-3, which means an opinion in favor of private schools by the state appeals court will stand. Rick Snyder's administration conflicts with the Michigan Constitution, which says “no public monies or property” can be used to “aid or maintain” private schools. “Simply stated, the aid provided to nonpublic schools ... is of a ‘direct’ nature,” they said. “The legislation appropriates public monies for one specific purpose: to pay that money directly to nonpublic schools.
Michigan’s top court rejects appeal by Trump campaign
LANSING, Mich. – President Donald Trump's campaign was handed a unanimous defeat Friday at the Michigan Supreme Court, which declined to hear an appeal about how absentee ballots were handled in Detroit as well as other issues. The court steered it aside with a three-sentence order, the latest in a string of unsuccessful cases challenging how the Nov. 3 election was handled. Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in Michigan was certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23. The president's campaign claimed the Republican Party wasn't allowed to get an appropriate number of observers inside a Detroit convention center where absentee ballots were counted. A judge and the Michigan appeals court ruled against Trump.
Michigan’s top court spikes election lawsuit by Trump allies
The court said it is “not persuaded that it can or should grant the requested relief.” The order was 4-3, with a Republican-nominated justice, Elizabeth Clement, joining three Democrats in throwing out the lawsuit. The case was filed days after the Board of State Canvassers certified Joe Biden's 154,000-vote Michigan victory over President Donald Trump. It was another lawsuit aimed at changing the outcome of the election. Election disputes pose a unique test of a representative democracy’s ability to reflect the will of the people when it matters most,” Justice David Viviano said. Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and justices Megan Cavanagh and Richard Bernstein joined Clement in dismissing the case but didn't offer separate remarks.
Feb. 2021 Michigan bar exam to be taken online due to pandemic
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Bar Examination scheduled for February of 2021 will be administered remotely and online due to the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions. The Michigan Supreme Court announced Dec. 4 that the next Michigan Bar Exam will be administered virtually on Feb. 23 and 24 of 2021 by the Board of Law Examiners (BLE). The BLE administered its first-ever remote, online bar exam in July 2020 due to the pandemic. This exam will allow the test taker’s score to be transferred between nearly 40 different jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Click here to read the order issued by the Michigan Supreme Court on Dec. 4, or read it in the document below.
Judge refuses to block ban on Michigan indoor dining
DETROIT – A judge on Wednesday refused to block Michigan’s ban on indoor dining amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Maloney turned down a request for an injunction with a week left in the three-week indoor dining ban. Whitmer said about chance of Michigan’s stricter COVID-19 rules extending past 3 weeksThe Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and some restaurants sued the state health director. They said they can safely provide indoor dining and were being treated unfairly when compared to other businesses. The judge said he might ask the Michigan Supreme Court for guidance on that point.
New lawsuit filed with Michigan Supreme Court seeks to throw out certified election results
DETROIT – Several Republicans went straight to the Michigan Supreme Court in an effort to try and stop Michigan’s electoral votes from going to President-Elect Joe Biden. Michigan has already certified its election results, but President Donald Trump and his supporters are still hoping to find a way around the process. This latest lawsuit is only one of a few continuing the president and his campaign’s calls to undo an election they lost. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the chair of the Board of State Canvassers, Jeannette Bradshaw, who certified Michigan’s election Monday. The suit also comes after Trump falsely claimed the election results in Detroit were fake during a Thanksgiving address to members of the military stationed overseas.
Retiring justice says Michigan Supreme Court service was a ‘blessing’
LANSING, Mich. – Stephen Markman has heard his last round of cases after 21 years as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. Markman, 71, is retiring but can still participate in opinions and orders through December. Before the court heard five cases Thursday, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack recognized Markman's tenure as a judge at the Supreme Court and the Michigan appeals court as well as U.S. attorney in Detroit and deputy attorney general in Washington. “I know very few people who have had such a long and committed career to public service as Justice Markman,” McCormack said. Markman said it's “been a blessing” to serve on the Supreme Court.
Public aid for private schools lands at Michigan’s top court
DETROIT – A coalition of public education groups on Tuesday urged the Michigan Supreme Court to bar the state from reimbursing private schools for complying with health and safety orders. The case involves more than $5 million set aside for private schools by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2016-19 when Rick Snyder was governor. The dispute centers on part of the Michigan Constitution, which says “no public monies or property” can be used to “aid or maintain” private schools. Phillip DeRosier, an attorney for groups representing school boards and public school leaders, said the appeals court got it wrong. John Bursch urged the court to throw out the ban on public aid for private schools, which was approved by voters in 1970.
Live updates: Election results for Michigan Supreme Court on Nov. 3, 2020
The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3. You can find results for Michigan Supreme Court here. (Note: Due to an increase in mail-in voting, clerks are expecting delayed results, up to multiple days. Michigan General Election Results for Nov. 3, 2020 Find Race Results🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
Voting, virus, race are hot topics in state high court races
This year alone, state supreme courts have been thrust into the spotlight to decide politically charged cases over voting rights, race and governors' coronavirus orders. State supreme court races have become similarly partisan and often attract millions of dollars in campaign spending, much of it from groups outside the state. Among other hot button issues, the coming year could see state high courts decide matters on eviction moratoriums, private school vouchers, abortion and redistricting. In Ohio, a 5-2 Republican majority is at stake on the state high court in two races that are attracting outside money. Millions of dollars are being spent in Texas, where all nine state supreme court justices are Republicans and the high court has not had a Democratic justice since 1998.
General Election results for Michigan Supreme Court on Nov. 3, 2020
The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3. You can find results for Michigan Supreme Court here. (Note: Due to an increase in mail-in voting, clerks are expecting delayed results, up to multiple days. Michigan General Election Results for Nov. 3, 2020 Find Race Results🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
Flashpoint 10/25/20: With governor’s powers deflated, is Michigan ready for second coronavirus wave?
DETROIT – COVID-19 fatigue collides with new realities as the daily case totals spike. With the governor’s powers deflated by the Michigan Supreme Court, is the state ready for a surge in coronavirus cases? And Election Day is a little more than a week away, but so many votes have already been cast. There were conversations on these topics with guests during Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint. Segment oneWayne State University President, Dr. M. Roy Wilson; Dr. Preeti Malani, Chief Health Officer and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan and Dr. Juan Marquez, Washtenaw County medical directorSegment twoVoter education expert, Vince Keenan
Gov. Whitmer on possibility of another Michigan shutdown: ‘We’re at a dangerous moment'
Gretchen Whitmer was asked about the possibility of the state shutting down again due to rising COVID-19 cases, and she called right now “a dangerous moment." On Wednesday, Michigan officials reported 1,597 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as 33 deaths. Before Wednesday’s update, the seven-day moving average for new cases in Michigan was at 1,670 -- the highest ever. READ: How COVID-19 cases are trending in each Michigan region as numbers worsen statewide“I’m just going to be frank: Our numbers are not good,” Whitmer said Wednesday at her COVID-19 press briefing. Whitmer said the numbers reported right now indicate there will likely be more hospitalizations in the coming weeks.
How COVID-19 cases are trending in each Michigan region as numbers worsen statewide
LANSING, Mich. – As the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases sharply rises throughout Michigan, the state’s top medical official revealed concerning trends in a region-by-region breakdown. In the Kalamazoo Region, officials said there are 211 positive cases per million people per day and a 6.7% positivity rate. The Grand Rapids Region is at 155 cases per million people per day and 4.6% positivity, Khaldun said. Michigan’s lowest case rate is in the Traverse City Region, where officials report 62 cases per million people per day and a positivity rate of 3%, according to Khaldun. Both the case rate and the test positivity rate are increasing over the past two weeks in that ration, however.
Michigan GOP lawmakers propose new COVID-19 response plan
Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 emergency orders struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court, GOP lawmakers are stepping in and offering their own potential response plan. Much like Whitmer’s response, lawmakers say theirs also relies on data -- but there is one key difference. The lawmakers suggest changing the COVID-19 response plans from what they believe to be a “one size fits all” model, and instead are using specific data to address the virus county by county. We used public health experts and doctors to formulate a plan that works for Michigan,” said Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (MI-91). Under the new plan, officials say local residents and small businesses would have more of a say in what’s being done to address COVID-19 in their area.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Oct. 19, 2020
DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 147,806 as of Monday, including 7,031 deaths, state officials report. New COVID-19 cases and deaths have increased in the last month in Michigan. Michigan coronavirus headlines:VIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 testing dataVIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsHealth officials are searching for answers after coronavirus cases linked to Michigan State University students and staff rose to more than 1,200. The Wayne County Health Department issued an emergency public health order on Oct. 8 requiring residents to continue taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus. With an uptick of coronavirus cases across the state, there’s concern about outbreaks developing in schools.
Michigan COVID-19 cases on the rise along with the rest of the United States, Europe
DETROIT – Michigan had the highest 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases last week at 1,463 since the start of the pandemic. The regions of the state with the greatest volume of cases are the Upper Peninsula and the west side of the state. While Michigan’s cases are rising, there are 27 other states with greater spikes. It’s not just the United States either. The United Kingdom and the European Union have rapidly rising cases, higher than the U.S. when adjusted for population.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Oct. 18, 2020
DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 144,897 as of Saturday, including 7,010 deaths, state officials report. That was 3.56% of the state’s active COVID-19 cases, 253 of which were in critical care with 94 patients on ventilators . The moving 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Michigan was 1,424 cases as of Friday, the highest such average in the state since April. Michigan coronavirus headlines:VIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 testing dataVIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsThe Wayne County Health Department issued an emergency public health order on Oct. 8 requiring residents to continue taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A research group has once again labeled Michigan at “high risk” for a coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 cases begin to rise rapidly across the state.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Oct. 16, 2020
DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 143,106 as of Friday, including 6,987 deaths, state officials report. Michigan coronavirus headlines:VIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 testing dataVIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsAll Michigan retailers that accept bottle and can returns must immediately resume their collection services, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Michigan retailers initially paused empty bottle and can collection amid health and safety concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. With an uptick of coronavirus cases across the state, there’s concern about outbreaks developing in schools. The state’s new risk level is largely due to an increased infection rate and rapid increase of daily new COVID-19 cases, according to the data.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Oct. 14, 2020
DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 139,061 as of Wednesday, including 6,941 deaths, state officials report. Michigan coronavirus headlines:Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,125 on Tuesday, the highest since early April. VIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 testing dataVIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsWith an uptick of coronavirus cases across the state, there’s concern about outbreaks developing in schools. A research group has once again labeled Michigan at “high risk” for a coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 cases begin to rise rapidly across the state. The state’s new risk level is largely due to an increased infection rate and rapid increase of daily new COVID-19 cases, according to the data.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Oct. 14, 2020
What to know today 🌅Michigan lawmakers approve COVID-19 response planMichigan lawmakers approved a COVID-19 response plan early Wednesday morning. This comes after a Michigan Supreme Court ruling struck down Gov. Senate hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettConfirmation hearings started Monday for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. New COVID-19 cases have slightly increased in the last two weeks, while deaths have been flat in Michigan. However, the moving 7-day average for COVID-19 deaths in Michigan has risen to 14, the highest such average since June.
Michigan lawmakers approve COVID-19 response plan
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan lawmakers approved a COVID-19 response plan early Wednesday morning. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus-related executive orders. Senate bill 1094 is aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes by implementing recommendations of the Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. House bill 6159 would provide liability protections for health care providers for services related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk for approval.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Oct. 13, 2020
DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 137,702 as of Tuesday, including 6,928 deaths, state officials report. New COVID-19 cases have slightly increased in the last two weeks, while deaths have been flat in Michigan. However, the moving 7-day average for COVID-19 deaths in Michigan has risen to 14, the highest such average since June. VIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 testing dataVIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsWith an uptick of coronavirus cases across the state, there’s concern about outbreaks developing in schools. A research group has once again labeled Michigan at “high risk” for a coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 cases begin to rise rapidly across the state.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE REPORT -- Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic orders after her powers were struck down earlier this month. 4 Fast FactsBe InformedHundreds of thousands of Michigan residents may be eligible to have their criminal record expunged under new laws, according to the state. On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed seven bipartisan bills into law that can provide a “clean slate” to residents who have committed certain felonies and misdemeanors. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer opened up to Local 4 about how she felt hearing about the domestic terror plot to kidnap her.
Michigan Supreme Court: Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders no longer in effect
DETROIT – The Michigan Supreme Court has denied the state’s request for a transition window for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic orders after her powers were struck down earlier this month. But on Monday, the court denied the motion, ruling Whitmer’s orders are no longer in effect. MDHHS issues ordersSince the court ruling, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has started issuing its own emergency orders, much of them mirroring Gov. Public action is critical to saving Michiganders' lives.”Read more: Michigan health officials issue coronavirus regulations mirroring Gov.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Oct. 12, 2020
DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 136,465 as of Monday, including 6,898 deaths, state officials report. New COVID-19 cases have slightly increased in the last two weeks, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. VIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 testing dataVIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsThe Michigan Supreme Court has denied the state’s request for a transition window for Gov. A research group has once again labeled Michigan at “high risk” for a coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 cases begin to rise rapidly across the state. The state’s new risk level is largely due to an increased infection rate and rapid increase of daily new COVID-19 cases, according to the data.
Are you confused by local and state emergency health orders in Michigan?
With local and state emergency health orders coming and going throughout Michigan in recent weeks, it can be hard to keep track of what’s required and where. After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled a 1945 law unconstitutional earlier this month, a number of emergency orders issued by Gov. In response, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) -- along with several local health departments -- have issued new emergency orders designed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Even if you’ve been following the unfolding situation, some emergency orders have been changed, replaced or rescinded in a matter of days. Is there anything you’re unsure about when it comes to local and state emergency health orders in Michigan?