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May 2011

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May 18, 2011

COA Opinion: Police officer entitled to immunity in connection with decision to use police dog

On May 17, 2011, the Court of Appeals published its per curiam opinion in Norris v Police Officers for the City of Lincoln Park, No. 295378. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court and found that a police officer was entitled to governmental immunity in connection with his decision to use a police dog to assist in an arrest. Apparently, the

May 2011
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May 18, 2011

MSC Opinion: District Court judge appointed by Governor Granholm after the November 2010 elections can fill that post until January 1, 2013

In Attorney General v. Clarke, the Michigan Supreme Court considered how long a district court judge may serve in office after appointment by the Governor. In this case, Judge Clarke was appointed by Governor Granholm on December 20, 2010 to fill a vacancy created by the incumbent's resignation on December 13, 2010 to accept appointment to the C

May 2011
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May 18, 2011

COA Opinion: in quo warranto action, runner-up in school board election was properly declared victorious

In Davis v. Chatman, No. 299021, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's decision to invalidate Clifford Chatman's victory in the Highland Park school board election and declare Robert Davis the election winner. After Chatman beat Davis by 30 votes to win one of two open positions on the Highland Park sch

May 2011
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May 17, 2011

COA Opinion: Court of Claims does not have jurisdiction over Headlee Amendment claims

On May 12, 2011, the Michigan Court of Appeals published its opinion in City of Riverview v. State of Michigan, No. 296431. The Court held that the Court of Claims lacks jurisdiction to hear Headlee Amendment cases. The suit arose from certain new permit requirements for municipal storm sewer systems. Plaintiff City of Riverview ('Riv

May 2011
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May 16, 2011

MSC Order List: May 13, 2011

On May 13, 2011, the Michigan Supreme Court denied one motion for disqualification and denied two applications for leave to appeal. Additionally, the Court remanded Michigan v Turner in lieu of granting leave to appeal. In that case, the prosecutor and defendant negotiated a plea agreement that was not predicated upon a statement by the C

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