state supreme court http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway in court, Benton Harbor on the rebound, Farm Bill rally http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-diane-hathaway-court-benton-harbor-rebound-farm-bill-rally <p><strong>State Supreme Court Justice faces sentencing </strong></p><p>Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway is due in court today to be sentenced for fraud. Hathaway was forced to resign in January when she pleaded guilty to a scheme to cheat the bank by hiding assets.&nbsp; Hathaway’s attorney is asking that she be allowed to perform community service and pay thousands of dollars in fines; however, federal prosecutors have asked for prison time of 12 to 18 months. Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta has <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ex-justice-hathaway-be-sentenced-tuesday">more.</a></p><p><strong>Benton Harbor EM believes deficit will be eliminated in one year</strong></p><p>Tony Saunders, the emergency manager of Benton Harbor, says elected leaders are likely to regain control within a year when the city's structural deficit will be eliminated. Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-emergency-manager-predicting-budget-surplus-horizon">reports</a> Benton Harbor’s new emergency manager says he’s cut more than a million dollars from the budget in just three months.</p><p><strong>Senator Debbie Stabenow's farm bill is headed to the senate</strong></p><p>Senator Debbie Stabenow will rally in West Michigan this week. She's trying to get farmers to pressure lawmakers to pass her new farm bill to funds crop insurance programs and research to help fight invasive insects. Last year the Senate passed the farm bill but it died in the House. The Senate is expected to vote on the farm bill early next month.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 11:35:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12756 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway in court, Benton Harbor on the rebound, Farm Bill rally Voting for state Supreme Court Justices is a complicated affair http://michiganradio.org/post/voting-state-supreme-court-justices-complicated-affair <p>This week on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/its-just-politics"><em>It’s Just Politics</em></a> we take a look at Michigan’s Supreme Court races.</p><p>State Supreme Court candidates appear on the non-partisan part of the ballot with no hint of party-affiliation, except if a candidate is an incumbent. But these justices are initially nominated by political parties at conventions. It’s slightly bizarre. The idea was the political parties would do the initial vetting, but then the candidates – and the Supreme Court – would be independent of partisan influence. As a matter of fact, an incumbent Supreme Court justice can nominate himself or herself without having to win at a party convention. Justice Charles Levin used to do that that until he retired in 1996. However, this hasn’t happened since, largely because of money.</p><p>The Supreme Court nominees don’t get the benefit of straight-ticket voting. But they do get all the other benefits of major party nominations. The Republican and Democratic parties and their kindred interest groups spend millions of dollars to get their candidates elected to the Supreme Court. Those kindred interests are business groups, the insurance industry for Republicans; the trial bar for Democrats. The campaigns go largely unnoticed, but they’re fierce, even personal sometimes.</p><p>There was the “sleeping judge” ad in 2008 that depicted then-Chief Justice Cliff Taylor as someone who slept through arguments (which wasn’t true). The ad helped make Taylor the first sitting justice to lose his job in an election in something like a quarter century. One year, Republicans ran an ad against a Democrat that showed this shady character’s shifty eyes and said as a judge, he favored lenient treatment for all kinds of horrid criminals. And, just this year, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said Republican Justice Stephen Markman would be sympathetic as a judge to Jerry Sandusky, the assistant Penn State coach charged with child molestation. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:38:56 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 9551 at http://michiganradio.org Voting for state Supreme Court Justices is a complicated affair Mich. Supreme Court to hear pension tax arguments http://michiganradio.org/post/mich-supreme-court-hear-pension-tax-arguments <p>Scores of seniors upset the<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/fairness-pension-tax-will-be-decided-michigan-supreme-court"> state will tax some of their public pensions for the first time</a> are expected to pack the courtroom when the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/state-supreme-court">Michigan Supreme Court</a> hears oral arguments on the law.</p><p>The hearing begins Wednesday morning in the Hall of Justice.</p><p>The case is a major test of sweeping tax changes put in place earlier this year by Republican Gov. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a>.</p><p>He wants a Supreme Court advisory opinion that would effectively pre-empt any court challenge on the law filed by opponents such as public employee unions, who say the state constitution protects their pensions from being taxed.</p><p>Starting Jan. 1, pensions and some retirement income that previously was partially exempt would be taxed as regular income for those born after 1945. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 11:47:30 +0000 The Associated Press 4052 at http://michiganradio.org Mich. Supreme Court to hear pension tax arguments Should there be fewer judges in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-there-be-fewer-judges-michigan <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Does Michigan need fewer judges? The chief justice of the state supreme court thinks so, and so does the governor.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:22:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3807 at http://michiganradio.org Should there be fewer judges in Michigan? Some laws shielded from voter referendums http://michiganradio.org/post/some-laws-shielded-voter-referendums <p>The Michigan Constitution gives people the right to challenge laws they don&rsquo;t like by calling a voter referendum. The only laws immune to a referendum are measures that appropriate money.</p><p>The framers of the constitution did not want to put the state&rsquo;s ability to pay its bills at risk. &nbsp;</p><p>But some critics complain the Legislature is misusing that power to make some controversial measures referendum-proof.</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 20:48:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 3039 at http://michiganradio.org Some laws shielded from voter referendums Legislature continues discussion on changes to medical marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-continues-discussion-changes-medical-marijuana <p>Republican state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said a few months ago that he did not want to deal with any major social issues &ndash; including medical marijuana regulations &ndash; until the budget was complete.</p><p>With the budget debate behind them, lawmakers are once again looking at the Medical Marijuana Act.</p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court is preparing to decide where and how marijuana plants can be grown, and the state Senate is looking at a bill that would regulate where patients could smoke marijuana.</p><p>Bills have come up for debate that would affect everything from where a person could smoke medical marijuana, to where it could be distributed and who could distribute it.</p><p>One would prevent convicted felons from becoming medical marijuana caregivers, or distributors, and the other would make it a crime to distribute medical marijuana near a church or school.</p><p>Meanwhile, medical marijuana supporters have shown up at every legislative hearing on bills that would add regulations to the law since it was approved by voters a few years ago.</p><p>They say any additional regulations would make it harder for people who need treatment to get access to medical marijuana. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 20:34:07 +0000 Laura Weber 3037 at http://michiganradio.org Legislature continues discussion on changes to medical marijuana State Supreme Court to hear medical marijuana cases http://michiganradio.org/post/state-supreme-court-hear-medical-marijuana-cases <p>The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear several cases that could clarify the rules surrounding Michigan&rsquo;s voter-approved medical marijuana law.</p><p>A man with a medical cannabis card who grew marijuana in a backyard structure wants a court ruling that says he was within his legal rights. He was cited by police for not having the grow-area properly locked and enclosed. In another case, a man claims he was improperly charged with possession because he is a medical marijuana user &ndash; even though at the time of his arrest he had not yet obtained a medical marijuana card.</p><p>The court cases are working their way through the legal system as communities are drafting and re-drafting ordinances on the operation of medical marijuana clinics, and the Legislature is debating additional laws to stake out the rules for medical marijuana. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:31:54 +0000 Rick Pluta 3000 at http://michiganradio.org "Judge can stay" says Michigan Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-can-stay-says-michigan-supreme-court <p>The Michigan Supreme Court says a judge appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm as she was preparing to leave office can stay on the bench. The state attorney general challenged the appointment, arguing it should have been made by Governor Rick Snyder after he took office at the beginning of this year.</p><p>Governor Jennifer Granholm filled the vacancy in December after she named Judge Amy Krause to the state Court of Appeals. Krause had just won re-election to the Lansing district court in November. Granholm named Hugh Clark to fill the balance of Krause&rsquo;s term as well as to the new term that began January first.</p><p>Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette challenged the appointment to the new term. Schuette said it should have been made by the new governor, Republican Rick Snyder.</p><p>A bipartisan majority on the state Supreme Court ruled timing worked in favor of Granholm making the appointment. The court said Granholm held office until noon on January first, while Judge Clark&rsquo;s new term began that morning. The ruling also means Governor Snyder will have the power to name people to jobs that begin the day he leaves office. Tue, 17 May 2011 21:32:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 2541 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice by Jan. 14th http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-name-new-state-supreme-court-justice-jan-14th <p><a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Governor Rick Snyder</a> says he'll name a new justice to the state Supreme Court by January 14th.&nbsp; Whomever he picks will replace state <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/aboutcourt/biography.htm#MDC">Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan</a>.&nbsp; Snyder <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/term/maura-corrigan">announced yesterday</a> that he is appointing Justice Corrigan to head the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a>.</p><p>Corrigan is one of four Republican justices on the seven-member state Supreme Court.&nbsp; She has served on the court since 1999.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta sent this report detailing the announcement of Corrigan's new job:</p><p>Corrigan says serving on the court is a “dream job.” But she says she could not resist the chance to work on improving services for children and others in need.</p><blockquote><p>We must leave no one behind. That includes the most-vulnerable among us – children who are abused and neglected, the poor, the disaffected.</p></blockquote><p>One of Corrigan’s first jobs will be to bring Michigan into compliance with a court order that settles a lawsuit against the state’s foster care system. Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:43:08 +0000 Zoe Clark 786 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice by Jan. 14th