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Nov 2017
November 13, 2017

MSC to decide whether recanting witness's testimony pointing to a different killer requires new trial for convicted co-defendants

The Michigan Supreme Court has found interest in a decades-old murder case where the man who witnessed his mother's murder when he was 8 years old has come forward to testify that the killer was someone other than the convicted defendants.  The two co-defendants in People v. Johnson, No. 154128, and People v. Scott, No. 154130, seek relief from judgment on the basis that the testimony of the son—who previously would not or could not (due to mental trauma) identify the killer—constitutes newly discovered evidence that warrants a retrial.  Interestingly, Justice McCormack has recused herself because of her involvement as counsel for a codefendant, and Justice Wilder has recused himself as a member of a panel involved in deciding a peremptory reversal motion filed in the underlying appeal.  Click on the blog title to read more.

Nov 2017
November 10, 2017

MSC to consider property tax exemption for subsidiary of non-profit entity

On October 24, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court granted oral argument in Trinity-Health-Warde Lab, LLC v Charter Township of Pittsfield, No. 154952, to determine whether it should grant the application for leave to appeal or take other action.  The question for consideration is whether the Court of Appeals erred in holding that a for-profit subsidiary of a tax exempt entity was not entitled to a statutory property tax exemption.  Our post on the Court of Appeals decision can be found here.

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