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Feb 2017
February 14, 2017

MSC grants MOAA on whether trial courts must read jury instructions aloud

In People v. Traver, No. 154494, the Michigan Supreme Court granted mini-oral argument to consider whether a trial court must read aloud jury instructions concerning the elements of charged offenses. The Court will also hear argument on several other related questions, including the proper jury instruction for a felony-firearm charge, whether a defendant waives any claims regarding improper jury instruction when the defendant’s attorney expresses satisfaction with the instructions at trial, and whether the Court of Appeals was correct to order a Ginther hearing in this circumstance.

Feb 2017
February 14, 2017

COA: Criminal sentencing guidelines are always advisory

Regardless of whether a criminal case involves judicial fact-finding, sentencing guidelines are always advisory, said the Court of Appeals in People v. Rice, No. 329502. Interpreting the Michigan Supreme Court’s opinion in People v. Lockridge, the Court held that a judge may always reduce a sentence beyond the lower limit of the sentencing guidelines.

Feb 2017
February 08, 2017

MSC grants leave to appeal as to whether percentage allocation of premium contributions is a mandatory subject of bargaining

In Shelby Township v Command Officers Association of Michigan, No 323491, the Michigan Supreme Court granted leave to appeal to address bargaining requirements related to public employees’ contributions to medical benefit plans pursuant to the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act and the Public Employment Relations Act. The Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act, MCL 15.561 et seq., limits how much public employers may pay toward healthcare costs for employee medical benefit plans.  

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