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Recent Decisions From the Michigan Supreme Court

Estate of James Armour II v. Hall (Opinion on Application)  
Date: January 3, 2018
Docket Number: 155991

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Michigan Supreme Court in this case is whether plaintiff, arguing that venue was improper, could avail herself of MCR 2.223(A), which permitted a court to order a venue change “on timely motion of a d...

Michigan v. White (Opinion on Application)  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: 149490

Justia Opinion Summary: Anthony White pled guilty to armed robbery, and breaking and entering, all in connection with a gas station robbery during which he held a gun to the cashier’s head. He was sentenced to 108 to 480 months in prison for th...

Michigan v. Lyles (Opinion on Application)  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 153185

Justia Opinion Summary: In his trial for first-degree murder, the trial court improperly denied defendant William Lyles, Jr.’s request for an instruction informing the jury that his evidence of good character could create a reasonable doubt. Th...

Ray v. Swager (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 152723

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael and Jacqueline Ray, acting as coconservators for their minor child, Kersch Ray, filed an action against Eric Swager, Scott Platt, and others, in part alleging that Swager was liable for the injuries suffered by K...

IN RE RASMER ESTATE (Opinion - Leave Granted)
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 153356
In re Gorney Estate (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Numbers: 153370, 153371, 153372, 153373

Justia Opinion Summary: In several cases consolidated for review, the issue common to all was whether the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services could recover from beneficiaries’ estates an amount equivalent to certain Medicaid benefi...

Michigan v. Lewis (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 154396

Justia Opinion Summary: Gary Lewis was convicted after a jury trial on four counts of third-degree arson, and one count of second-degree arson. The trial court sentenced defendant as a fourth-offense habitual offender to 17 to 30 years of impri...

In re Hon. Lisa Gorcyca (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: 152831

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) filed a formal complaint against Sixth Circuit Judge Lisa Gorcyca, alleging two counts of judicial misconduct arising from a hearing at which she found three children in contempt of c...

In re Hon. J. Cedric Simpson (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 150404

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) filed a formal complaint against 14-A District Court Judge J. Cedric Simpson, alleging three counts of judicial misconduct arising from a 2013 incident where Crystal Vargas, one of re...

Michigan v. Wilson (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 154039

Justia Opinion Summary: Dwayne Wilson was convicted by jury on one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (felony-firearm), and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. Because defendant had two prior felony-firearm conv...

Michigan v. Steanhouse (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Numbers: 152671, 152849, 152871, 152872, 152873, 152946, 152947, 152948

Justia Opinion Summary: Alexander Steanhouse was convicted by jury for assault with intent to commit murder (AWIM), and receiving and concealing stolen property. The court departed from the sentencing guidelines’ recommended minimum range and s...

PEOPLE OF MI V MOHAMMAD MASROOR (Opinion - Leave Granted)
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Numbers: 152871, 152872, 152873
PEOPLE OF MI V MOHAMMAD MASROOR (Opinion - Leave Granted)
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Numbers: 152946, 152947, 152948
Michigan v. Rea (Opinion on Application)  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 153908

Justia Opinion Summary: Gino Rea was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). A police officer parked his patrol vehicle in the street in front of defendant’s driveway while responding to noise complaints from defendant’s...

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