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December 2017

Dec 2017
December 28, 2017

When a misdemeanor is not a misdemeanor

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral argument on an application for leave to appeal concerning the effect of a two-year “misdemeanor” conviction.  People v. Washington, Case No. 156283, concerns the question of whether a two-year misdemeanor conviction for maintaining a drug house may serve as the predicate felony conviction for the charge of possessing a firearm during commission of a felony pursuant to MCL 750.227b.  If the Court grants the application, this case has the potential to have significant ramifications for individuals with so-called “high court misdemeanor” convictions.

Dec 2017
December 07, 2017

COA: A Petitioner is entitled to a Principal Residence Exemption even if the subject property is rented for more than 14 days in a year

In Rentschler v. Township of Melrose, No. 33633, the Court of Appeals addressed the issue of whether an individual is entitled to a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) even though the individual rented the residence for over 14 days in a year. Specifically the court addressed whether the provision of the Michigan Department of Treasury Guidelines for the Principal Resident Exemption program (PRE guidelines) relied on by the Tax Tribunal in denying the petitioner’s PRE was consistent with General Property Tax Act (“GPTA”). The Court of Appeals held it was not.

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