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January 2013

Jan 2013
January 11, 2013

COA Opinion: Probate court had subject-matter jurisdiction over same-sex couple's adoption of child

The defendant in Usitalo v. Landon is the birth mother of a minor child, who was born in 2003. The defendant and plaintiff jointly adopted the child in 2005. When the parties separated in 2007, they continued to jointly parent the child. But the relationship between the parties deteriorated, and in 2009, the parties stopped cooperating regarding the child's care an

Jan 2013
January 11, 2013

COA Opinion: Trial court's failure to swear in the jury required a new trial

In People v Allan, the jury convicted the defendant of conspiracy to commit extortion. The trial court failed to swear in the jury before the trial. The defendant did not object. Thus, the Court of Appeals reviewed for plain error affecting substantial rights. The Court of Appeals held that failing to swear in a jury was plain error requiring a new

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