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February 21, 2009

MSC Order List: February 20, 2009

On February 20, 2009, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered oral argument on whether to grant the application for leave to appeal or take other substantive action in a custody dispute, In re McBride (Department of Human Services v. McBride), No. 136988. The Court ordered the parties to submit supplemental briefing on whether the trial court violated the defendant father's statutory or due process rights when it refused his request to appoint counsel for a trial to terminate the father's parental rights, and if so, whether that error was harmless. The Court invited Michigan's Solicitor General to file a brief and participate in oral argument. Oral argument will be scheduled in May 2009.

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