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February 2013

Feb 2013
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February 08, 2013

COA Opinion: The criminal-competency standard applies to a parent's relinquishment of parental rights

In In the Matter of Hernandez/Vera, the Court of Appeals considered whether to affirm the trial court's termination of a mother's parental rights. At the termination hearing, the mother consented to the termination of her rights. She was represented by counsel, and the court asked numerous questions to ensure that her consent was knowing and voluntar

Feb 2013
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February 07, 2013

MSC Order List: February 6, 2013

The Michigan Supreme Court granted the application for leave to appeal in Henry v. Laborers Local 1191. The parties shall include among the issues to be briefed: (1) whether the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), or the federal Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), preempt Michigan's Whistleblower Protection Act

Feb 2013
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February 07, 2013

COA Opinion: Ohio convictions for second-degree burglary are high severity felonies for purpose of calculating a sentence

In People of the State of Michigan v. Crews, the Michigan Court of Appeals concluded that out-of-state felony convictions need only be 'similar or analogous' to a Michigan criminal offense to 'correspond' to that offense for the purpose of calculating a sentence. In Crews, the De

Feb 2013
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February 07, 2013

COA Opinion: Community caretaker exception to warrantless entry applied to search of home based on neighbor's concerns

In People of the State of Michigan v. Hill, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the suppression of evidence and resulting dismissal of a manufacture of marijuana charge, holding that the community caretaker exception to the warrant requirement was satisfied under the facts of the case. Police responded to a

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