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Aug 2015
August 24, 2015

COA: Jury must determine sentence for juvenile homicide offenders facing the possibility of life without parole

In People v. Skinner, No. 317892, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that where juvenile homicide offenders face the possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Sixth Amendment requires that their sentence must be determined by a jury. In doing so, the court held that MCL 769.25 violated the Sixth Amendment because it authorizes a judge to sentence a juvenile offender to life in prison without parole based on judicially-found facts. 

Aug 2015
August 20, 2015

COA finds that ESPN is entitled to names of MSU student-athletes named as suspects in University police incident reports

In ESPN, Inc. v. Michigan State University, No 326773, the Court of Appeals concluded that the privacy exemption of Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was not applicable to the redacted names of Michigan State University (“MSU”) student-athletes listed as suspects in the incident reports that ESPN had requested.  As such, MSU must reveal the names of the student-athlete suspects.

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