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March 2010

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March 30, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court rejects habeas claim that Kent County's method of selecting a jury systematically excluded African-Americans

Today the United States Supreme Court, in Berghuis v. Smith, No. 08-1402,' unanimously reversed a decision by the U.S. ' Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. ' In so doing, it concluded that the Michigan Supreme Court had reasonably applied federal law concerning whether a Kent County jury in a murder trial was drawn from a fair cross section of the community. ' The U.S. Supreme Court, in

Mar 2010
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March 27, 2010

MSC Orders: March 26, 2010

On March 26, 2010, the Court denied leave to appeal in four cases, including Lighthouse Place Development, LLC v. Moorings Association, No. 139015, in which the Court had granted leave and heard oral argument. In Lighthouse Place, the Court concluded that the questions presented regarding the standard fo

Mar 2010
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March 26, 2010

COA Opinion: Wayne County was not immune from suits for sewage back-ups when it received notice of a sewage event but did not inform the affected residents how to file a claim

In Dybata v. County of Wayne, Nos. 283413 & 283414 (published Mar. 25, 2010), the Court of Appeals, in an opinion by Judge Jansen, concluded that Wayne County did not qualify for governmental immunity under MCL ' 691.1419 again

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