New Law -- Criminal

Criminal Law- A valid registration card is not dispositive concerning § 4 immunity

by Larry Margolis on May 23, 2017

By: Agenique Smiley in Criminal Law, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Court of Appeals, Most Important Opinions May 11, 2017 A party is entitled to § 4 immunity only if he or she is in full compliance with the MMMA, which includes its definitions of both a “patient” and a “caregiver.” If a party’s status […]

United States of America v. Arnaldo Cabrera

by Timothy Cretsinger on February 1, 2016

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found that in this case the two reasons the District Court Judge gave for sentencing the Defendant to sixty-three months’ imprisonment – the top of his guidelines range – were impermissible and his sentence was therefore procedurally unreasonable as the Defendant was essentially punished for exercising his Sixth Amendment […]

The Supreme Court just gave juvenile lifers a shot at parole

by Timothy Cretsinger on January 26, 2016

Check out the original story and slideshow at Mlive.com LANSING, MI – Nearly 350 prisoners in Michigan serving mandatory life sentences for murder or other violent acts committed as minors could now be eligible for parole under an opinion handed down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 6-3 decision, the nation’s highest court said its 2012 ruling […]

Michigan leaves Juvenile sentencing up to Juries

by Larry Margolis on January 25, 2016

  ALAMAZOO, MI – Twice since 2011, Dallas McDade Jr. has been ordered by a judge to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering a man when he was 17 years old. Now, it appears McDade will be sentenced for a third time, but whether he gets life behind bars could be decided […]