separation of powers http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Supreme Court to decide separation of powers case http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-decide-separation-powers-case <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a judge can ignore part of a state law that limits what a jury can consider as part of a criminal case.</p><p>The defendant in the case was charged with reckless driving that caused a fatality. His lawyer asked the judge to order the jury to consider a lesser charge. The judge agreed, even though state law specifically doesn’t allow that. The judge said the law violates the state constitution, and its separation of powers doctrine.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:05:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 15473 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court to decide separation of powers case