U.S. Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org en MI Supreme Court's ruling on juvenile lifers is stupid, expensive and will be overturned http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-supreme-courts-ruling-juvenile-lifers-stupid-expensive-and-will-be-overturned <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">T</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">here is a long-established principle that whenever state law conflicts with a federal law, the federal law prevails. That’s been established by a long string of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, plus a little event called the Civil War. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This is why, for example, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes could rule that the pensions of Detroit city workers and retirees could be cut, even though Michigan’s state constitution says they can’t be. Federal bankruptcy law prevails.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">If this weren’t the case, it would mean that anything Congress or the U.S. Supreme Court did could be overruled by any state legislature, and our nation would become no more than a collection of 50 countries united in name only.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That’s something we all learned in civics class -- which makes the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision yesterday on life sentences for minors completely baffling</span>.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to automatically sentence juveniles to life without the possibility of parole. However, some politicians who want to be seen as tough on crime, claimed this decision was not retroactive.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">And yesterday, in a four to three vote, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed with them. The justices ruled that minors who were sentenced in Michigan to life without the possibility of parole still have no chance of a hearing – if they were sentenced before the nation’s highest court’s ruling.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:32:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18305 at http://michiganradio.org MI Supreme Court's ruling on juvenile lifers is stupid, expensive and will be overturned Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/little-fallout-expected-landmark-ruling-cell-phones-and-police-michigan <p>Michigan police officers and defense attorneys don’t expect much to change in the state after a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a privacy case.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/26/325760330/supreme-court-rules-police-need-warrants-for-most-cellphone-searches">The nation’s highest court ruled</a> that police need a warrant to search a criminal suspect’s mobile phone.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18191 at http://michiganradio.org Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan Attorney general shifts tactics in Lansing casino case http://michiganradio.org/post/attorney-general-shifts-tactics-lansing-casino-case <p>As expected, Michigan’s attorney general has dropped an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to block a Lansing casino project.</p><p></p><p>But the legal fight is far from finished.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state of Michigan could not sue the Bay Mills tribe to block it from operating a casino located off its reservation. The court ruled that the tribe has sovereign immunity.</p><p></p><p>The state was using the same legal strategy in an appeal in a case involving a proposed Lansing casino.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:27:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 17884 at http://michiganradio.org Attorney general shifts tactics in Lansing casino case U.S. Supreme Court ruling may help clear the air in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-may-help-clear-air-michigan <p>Clean air advocates in Michigan are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will allow stricter regulation of coal-fired power plants.</p><p></p><p>The high court decided this week to overturn a lower court ruling and allow the Environmental Protection Agency to slap new limits on pollution from power plants.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:41:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 17411 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling may help clear the air in Michigan Stateside for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-22-2014 <p>Big news out of Washington, D.C. today: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action. The Court's majority held that Michigan voters were within their rights to amend the state constitution to ban the college admission policies. We dove into the decision on today's show.</p><p>Then, we checked in with Michigan Radio's auto-beat reporter Tracy Samilton about big changes that are likely in the leadership at Ford.</p><p>And, on this Earth Day, what moths can tell us about the world's changing climate.</p><p>Also, we spoke with author Joseph Tirella about his book Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's taken months of bargaining, bickering and posturing, but there have been promising advances in the Detroit bankruptcy journey.</span></p><p>Pieces are starting to fall into place that could complete the so-called "grand bargain" that would protect the DIA collection and soften the blow for Detroit's retirees.</p><p>First came word of a tentative deal between the city and its pensioners. A day later, the board that represents police and fire retirees gave unanimous approval to the deal.</p><p>Now it's on to the next hurdle: getting state lawmakers to approve Michigan's share of the grand bargain – $350 million.</p><p>Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent of Crain's Detroit Business, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:27:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 17317 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan's affirmative action ban in college admissions http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-upholds-michigans-affirmative-action-ban-college-admissions <p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action in college admissions today.</p><p>A six-to-two majority on the Court held that Michigan voters were within their rights to amend the state constitution to ban the admission policies.</p><p>Rick Pluta is Lansing bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17315 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan's affirmative action ban in college admissions Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions upheld by U.S. Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-ban-affirmative-action-college-admissions-upheld-us-supreme-court <p>The U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling this morning in favor of <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(tugotg45y3imcgfoigyiyf45))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=mcl-Article-I-26">Michigan's 2006 constitutional ban</a> on using affirmative action in college admissions.</p><p>Six justices ruled in favor of Michigan's ban, but for different reasons. Justices&nbsp;Sotomayor&nbsp;and Ginsberg dissented, and Justice&nbsp;Kagan recused herself from the case.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:43:40 +0000 Mark Brush 17309 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions upheld by U.S. Supreme Court How will Michigan's elections be influenced by the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-michigans-elections-be-influenced-latest-us-supreme-court-decision <div>When the U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down its 5-4 decision in McCutcheon vs. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:03:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 17302 at http://michiganradio.org How will Michigan's elections be influenced by the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision? U.S. Supreme Court won't review UP mining dispute http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-wont-review-mining-dispute <p>The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take a case trying to stop the development of a new copper and nickel mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.</p><p>The high court let stand a lower court's rejection of the Huron Mountain Club's arguments that the mine needs federal permits.</p><p>The Club owns a 19,000-acre wildlife and nature preserve that includes an 11-mile stretch of the Salmon Trout River.</p><p>The Eagle Mine is located a few miles upstream, and some mining will take place under the river.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:43:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17137 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court won't review UP mining dispute U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations may affect Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-campaign-donations-may-affect-michigan-politics <p>A campaign spending watchdog is worried about the potential effect on Michigan’s politics by a U.S. Supreme Court decision today.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:16:17 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 17079 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations may affect Michigan politics Could the Supreme Court stop lies in political ads? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-supreme-court-stop-lies-political-ads <p></p><p>The political campaign ad season is upon us. We’ve already seen the first trickle of ads here in Michigan, but we know the spigot is barely open at this point.</p><p>And, this brings us to an interesting court case out of Ohio that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in just over a month. At issue is whether a state can preemptively enforce a ban on a supposedly false and misleading political advertisement.</p><p>This started when the Republican independent committee the Susan B. Anthony List wanted to put up a billboard that accused an Ohio congressman of supporting taxpayer-funded abortions. The Congressman cried foul under an Ohio law that forbids knowingly or recklessly making false or misleading statements about candidates.</p><p>The billboard never went up after the congressman threatened to file a legal complaint. But the Susan B. Anthony List and some other groups challenged the law. That lawsuit was dismissed on a technicality and that was upheld by the U.S Sixth. Circuit Court of Appeals – of which Michigan is a part. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:41:11 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16933 at http://michiganradio.org Could the Supreme Court stop lies in political ads? Bay Mills wants to open off-reservation casinos in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bay-mills-wants-open-reservation-casinos-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;The U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tribal-sovereignty-issue-us-supreme-court-case-out-michigan">heard arguments this morning</a> in a case that pits Michigan against an Upper Peninsula Indian tribe.</span></p><p>The case revolves around the tribe's plan to open an off-reservation casino.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today from D.C.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:42:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 15500 at http://michiganradio.org Bay Mills wants to open off-reservation casinos in Michigan Disclosing names of 'issue ad' donors a wedge within the MI GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/disclosing-names-issue-ad-donors-wedge-within-mi-gop <p>This week we saw yet another split in the Republican Party. But this intra-party fight had little to do with the usual <em>Tea Party v. Establishment</em> narrative. Instead, the imbroglio was over “issue ads.” Or, to be even more specific: disclosure of <em>who </em>is paying for issue ads.</p><p>Issue ads can sound and look an awful lot like campaign ads but they don’t directly or explicitly endorse a candidate by saying “vote for Candidate X” or “oppose Candidate Y.” It’s these magic little words – “vote,” “elect,” “support,” – that make a political ad a political ad.</p><p>But issue ads can say Candidate X did a horrible thing or Candidate Y is an amazing person. Take for example<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psp-PZTEuPI"> this ad </a>from the 2010 Republican Gubernatorial Primary: “Raising taxes in this economy is crazy. But that’s what Congressman Pete Hoesktra wants to do… Call Congressman Hoesktra and tell him raising taxes is crazy.” Language like that makes it an issue ad. It says “call Congressman Hoekstra” but it doesn’t specifically say <em>how </em>to vote. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:39:48 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 15309 at http://michiganradio.org Disclosing names of 'issue ad' donors a wedge within the MI GOP We're following today's affirmative action hearing in U.S. Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/were-following-todays-affirmative-action-hearing-us-supreme-court <p>Refresh this page for updates from Washington D.C.</p><p></p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/MBrush/supreme-court-hears-case-on-michigan-s-affirmative/embed" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowTransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/MBrush/supreme-court-hears-case-on-michigan-s-affirmative.js" type="text/javascript" language="javascript"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/MBrush/supreme-court-hears-case-on-michigan-s-affirmative" target="_blank">View the story "Supreme Court hears case on Michigan's affirmative action ban" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:41:55 +0000 Mark Brush 14846 at http://michiganradio.org We're following today's affirmative action hearing in U.S. Supreme Court What's fair? Challenging the affirmative action ban in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-fair-challenging-affirmative-action-ban-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on the constitutionality of Michigan&rsquo;s affirmative action ban. The justices aren&rsquo;t expected to announce a decision till next spring. And most of the so-called experts are betting that the Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional amendment banning affirmative action, the one voters passed by a wide margin seven years ago.</span></p><p>They think the vote will be 5-3, and that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the swing vote. Well, they may be right. But none of the experts ever dreamed that the swing vote in the court&rsquo;s ruling on the Affordable Care Act would be that of Chief Justice John Roberts, and that he would find it constitutional on the grounds that it was actually a tax. So you never really know.</p><p>This issue is more complicated than many people on either side think. &nbsp;I can sympathize with those opposing affirmative action. Giving someone special treatment because their ethnic background or the color of their skin, sounds terribly unfair. Unfair whether we are talking about discriminating for them or against them. Except -- it&rsquo;s not that simple. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:48:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14841 at http://michiganradio.org What's fair? Challenging the affirmative action ban in Michigan U.S. Supreme Court “juvenile lifer” decision would not apply to past cases under Senate bill http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-juvenile-lifer-decision-would-not-apply-past-cases-under-senate-bill <p>Legislation to overhaul Michigan’s juvenile lifer law would not apply to inmates already sentenced as teenagers to life without parole.</p><p>The bills were adopted today by the state Senate Judiciary Committee.</p><p>The legislation is required because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.</p><p>James Sorenson lost his son in 2007 to a teenaged murderer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says any rewrite of the law should put the interests of the victims’ families ahead of teenagers who participated in a murder.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:49:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 14465 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court “juvenile lifer” decision would not apply to past cases under Senate bill Work on juvenile lifer bills stalls in Michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/work-juvenile-lifer-bills-stalls-michigan-legislature <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers attempting to respond to a ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional have hit a stalemate that threatens to derail any progress.<br><br>They can't agree on whether last year's Supreme Court decision last year applies retroactively to the roughly 360 Michigan inmates who were under 18 when they committed crimes.<br> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14319 at http://michiganradio.org After Supreme Court rulings, advocates ready to fight for gay rights in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/after-supreme-court-rulings-advocates-ready-fight-gay-rights-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage don’t really change the legal status of same-sex couples in Michigan. In 2004, voters amended the Michigan Constitution to enact a sweeping ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there’s a lot happening on the issue in courts, the Legislature, and on the campaign trail.</span></p><p>The Supreme Court’s decision returns gay marriage battles to Michigan and the 34 other states that prohibit same-sex marriage.</p><p>Gay rights groups here have set their sights on November of 2016. That’s when they hope to run a ballot question to reverse the state’s gay marriage ban.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:52:55 +0000 Rick Pluta 13271 at http://michiganradio.org After Supreme Court rulings, advocates ready to fight for gay rights in Michigan Michigan and the Supreme Court rulings http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-and-supreme-court-rulings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>If you are a liberal, you were probably dismayed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, and thrilled by the justices’ ruling on same-sex marriage Wednesday.</p><p>If you are a conservative, you probably feel exactly the opposite.&nbsp; Yet things are seldom as black and white as they seem, and like everyone else, Michiganders are apt to see just how complex the effects of these rulings really are, as the consequences of these decisions play out in coming months and years.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:23:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13270 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan and the Supreme Court rulings Understanding how today's Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage could affect Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/understanding-how-todays-supreme-court-decisions-gay-marriage-could-affect-michigan <p><strong>Update 4:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>Earlier this month, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gay-and-lesbian-families-michigan-one-parent-left-out">Michigan Radio's Lester Graham spoke with</a> Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez - a gay couple in Michigan and the parents of two-year-old Lucas. The two were legally married in Washington D.C. last December, but they live in Michigan - a state that doesn't recognize their union:</p><blockquote><p>"...it is very difficult for us to be in a two-parent family and not have that recognized."</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:18:32 +0000 Mark Brush, Michigan Radio Newsroom & Rick Pluta 13252 at http://michiganradio.org Understanding how today's Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage could affect Michigan