Skip to main content
A Better Partnership
January 24, 2009

MSC Order List: January 23, 2009

On Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court denied leave in one case and remanded one case to the Court of Appeals for consideration of an additional issue. The Court also took substantive action in the following cases:

People v. Whitaker: the Court reversed, in part, the decision of the Court of Appeals and remanded the case to the Wayne County Circuit Court for a hearing to obtain testimony of an alibi witness. After the hearing, the circuit court is ordered to grant a new trial unless it finds that the absence of the witness from the first trial is harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. The order can be found here.

People v. Oliver: the Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeals, vacated the trial court's sentence, and remanded the case to the Genesee County Circuit Court for resentencing. The Court explained that the trial court failed to offer a valid explanation of why an upward departure from the sentencing guidelines was warranted. Justice Weaver dissented, relying on her opinion in People v. Babcock, 469 Mich. 247, 280-84 (2003), because she believed that the trial court offered "a substantial and compelling reason" for its departure. The order can be found here.

People v. Biskner: the Court remanded the case to the Tuscola County Circuit Court in lieu of granting leave to appeal for a hearing under People v. Ginther, 390 Mich. 436 (1973), to assess appellate counsel's claim that trial defense counsel was ineffective because she failed to request a jury instruction on a lesser-included offense. The Court retained jurisdiction. Justices Corrigan and Young dissented because they believe the request for a Ginther hearing was waived in the lower courts. The order can be found here.

NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

By clicking the ‘ACCEPT’ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you.

Please click the ‘ACCEPT’ button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.

ACCEPTCANCEL

Text

+ -

Reset