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MI Supreme Court: Juvenile lifers won’t be re-sentenced

Michigan Hall of Justice. Courtesy Wikipedia User Jeffness.

Michigan Hall of Justice. Courtesy Wikipedia User Jeffness.

The Michigan Supreme Court says felons sentenced as juveniles to life without parole won’t get new sentences. That’s despite a US Supreme Court ruling that says it’s cruel and unusual punishment.
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MI Supreme Court: Judges can’t impose fines for court costs on their own

gavelThe Michigan Supreme Court says judges can’t order people convicted of a crime to pay the costs to the legal system — unless it’s been specifically allowed by the Legislature.
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Michigan Supreme Court takes two more medical marijuana cases

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The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear two more medical marijuana cases. Two medical marijuana cardholders want the state’s highest court to rule that a voter-approved law shields them from criminal charges.
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Michigan Supreme Court strikes down “one parent” doctrine

gavelA Jackson County man will get a hearing on whether he gets to keep his kids after a ruling today (Tue.) by the Michigan Supreme Court.
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MI Supreme Court says governor cannot un-commute life sentence

gavelThe Michigan Supreme Court says a governor cannot reverse an official decision to commute a prison sentence. Tuesday’s ruling means a man sentenced to life in prison for his part in a murder now has a chance at freedom.
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MI Supreme Court hears juvenile life case

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore than 350 inmates sent to Michigan prisons as juveniles are now waiting on a decision from the state Supreme Court. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta explains, the court will decide whether a federal decision applies to their cases.
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MI Supreme Court to decide fate of 350 juvenile lifers

file0001823478797Life without parole used to be the automatic sentence for juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of first degree murder. That was until June of 2012, when the US Supreme Court ruled that automatic life without parole for juveniles was unconstitutional.

But there’s a question here in Michigan that remains – what happens to more than 350 juvenile lifers here who were sent to prison before the decision. The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on that question.
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