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Guilty Plea Appeals: The Prison Tour

The “Wall” at the Michigan Reformatory Perhaps because my first job out of law school was with the Michigan Court of Appeals, I have always maintained a robust appellate docket to my law practice.  For the past several years, for example, I have served as a level two roster attorney for the Michigan Assigned Appellate […]

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High Income Child Support

In 1988, the federal Family Support Act required all states to enact presumptive child support “guidelines” in order to preserve federal funding on a variety of family-oriented programs.  Since then, Michigan has adopted the Michigan Child Support Formula. In response to the Act, some states adopted support formulas that “top-out” for high earners.  Here in […]

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Michigan Court of Appeals Rules State Clerk Must Testify in DWLS Cases

In a 2-1 decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a certificate mailed to a state driver, notifying him of his suspended license, is “testimonial” as that term is used in the constitution thus, the Secretary of State must produce it’s clerk at a trial for driving on a suspended license. The case, […]

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Panel Appointed to Examine Indigent Criminal Defense

This past week, Governor Rick Snyder issued an executive order appointing 10 people to serve on an “advisory commission”.  Their mission: to quickly assess and make recommendations to the executive and legislature about the delivery of effective legal representation to the indigent accused. Along with the 10 gubernatorial appointees, the commission also includes state legislative […]

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