Author Archives: Rick Pluta

Michigan Supreme Court order sets stage for appeal of juvenile lifer opinion

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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision that refuses parole hearings for more than 350 juvenile lifers in state prisons. That sets the stage for a group of inmates convicted of murder to take their case to the US Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court ruled two years ago that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. But in a separate ruling, the Michigan court said that decision does not apply retroactively – only to future cases.
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Michigan’s jobless rate is 7.2% headed into November election

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to seven-point-two percent. It’s the lowest rate in six years.

So many people left the state during the recession, there are fewer people competing for jobs as more positions are created by the recovery. But that’s good news for those who are left, especially as improving auto sales spur growth in the manufacturing sector, helping along transportation, warehousing and other businesses. That’s according to Bruce Weaver of the state Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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