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The Sixth Circuit held that Defendant, who assaulted his neighbor with a machete over "uncollected dog deposits," unsuccessfully challenged his five-year sentence for violating the terms of his supervised release when he admitted to violating a state

The Sixth Circuit Court rejected Walker's argument that he was entitled to rely on Alabama's self-defense law because he "admitted that he violated the terms of his supervised release by 'committ[ing] a state law violation[.]'" Once he...

The trial court properly terminated the respondent-father's parental rights to the child where at least one statutory ground for termination was established by clear and convincing evidence and termination was in the child's best interests

In 5/14, the trial court ordered him to comply with a PAA. At the first review hearing in 7/14, he "admitted to relapsing into drug use and tested positive for cocaine." The trial court warned him that his "parental rights would be terminated if he...

Because the respondent-mother was found to be unfit as a parent and because her rights yielded to the State's interest in protecting the child, her constitutional rights as to the child were not violated, and there was no plain error.

Respondent's sole argument on appeal was that she has a constitutional right to parent her child. Although she was generally correct that "parents have a fundamental right to parent their children," the trial court did not err in terminating her...

Concluding that the evidence did not support the claim that the victim (M) was in the process of breaking or entering when the defendant shot her, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying his request for a self-defense jury instruction

Thus, the court affirmed his convictions. However, as to his sentencing, it remanded for Crosbyproceedings pursuant to Lockridge. He was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 15 to 30 years for the murder conviction and 7 to 15 years for the...

Concluding that the appellate record was insufficient to determine whether the underlying support agreements were valid, the court could not determine whether the trial court abused its discretion by denying modification of the agreements.

The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's orders denying appellant-Ellis's (mother) motions, and remanded the case to the trial court for clarification of the validity of the agreements. It also reversed the trial court's award of $750 in...

The trial court properly terminated the respondent-mother's parental rights to the children where the statutory grounds for termination were established by clear and convincing evidence and termination was in the children's best interests.

As to § (c)(i), more than 182 days elapsed between the issuance of the initial disposition order and the termination decision, and the conditions that led to adjudication, namely her mental health problems, her failure to obtain adequate housing,...

Holding that the totality of the circumstances indicated that the photo lineup was not unduly suggestive, the court upheld the trial court's denial of the defendant's motion to suppress the victim's in-court identification and affirmed his conviction

He was convicted of carjacking, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, felonious assault, CCW, FIP, felony-firearm, and fourth-degree child abuse related to the carjacking and robbery of a cab driver (S). Defendant argued that S was exposed to an...

The court held that because established Michigan law does not recognize the purported "cousins by marriage" relationship between the plaintiff and the insured, the trial court erred in holding that Plaintiff was entitled to PIP benefits.

Thus, it reversed and remanded for entry of an order granting summary disposition in favor of defendant. The case arose out of plaintiff's claim for PIP benefits-under a no-fault policy issued by defendant to plaintiff's purported "relative,"...

Concluding that the trust at issue was unambiguous, the court affirmed the trial court's order granting summary disposition to the appellees on their claims that the surviving settlor could not modify the trust at issue after the death of the other s

Otto and Margaret signed trust documents in 1993. They amended the trust the next year. Otto died in 2005. In 2011, "Margaret attempted to amend the trust to provide that, on the death of the surviving spouse," a piece of real property would go to...

Given the trial court's reliance on record evidence supporting its findings under the best-interest factors of MCL 722.23, the Court of Appeals found no abuse of the trial court's discretion in granting physical custody to defendant-Govitz (father).

Although Kayko worked fewer hours and had more opportunity to tend to KKG "on a daily basis, this did not negate that Govitz equally loved his son and could care for him." Accordingly, the evidence did not preponderate against the trial court's...

Holding that the trial court properly granted the defendants summary disposition under the GTLA as to the plaintiff's tort claims, that there was no question of fact as to whether they were unjustly enriched by collecting the fees at issue.

In 2012, plaintiff's then-wife filed for divorce and paid $230 in filing fees. He later filed a motion as to custody of his child in the divorce action, and paid an $80 FOC fee, collected by the clerk of the court pursuant to the former MCL...

The Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not commit clear legal error or infringe upon the defendant-mother's Second Amendment right when it considered her actions with her firearm in its findings and analysis under factor (l).

On appeal, defendant argued that the trial court committed clear legal error and violated her Second Amendment right by punishing her for lawful possession of a firearm in its analysis for best-interest factor (l). However, the trial court did not...

The Court of Appeals held that the trial court erred by granting the defendant-putative father's motion to set aside a default judgment establishing his paternity of the plaintiff-mother's child on the ground that it lacked subject-matter jurisdictio

Plaintiff filed a paternity action claiming defendant was the father of her child. He was eventually served, but claimed the trial court lacked jurisdiction. The trial court disagreed and ordered a paternity test. When he failed to comply, it...

Holding that "the common-law affirmative defense of self-defense is available to a defendant charged with CCW for concealing an instrument which is a dangerous weapon only because it is used as a weapon," the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Ap

Defendant was arguing with his wife on the side of the road when two men pulled over. As the situation escalated, one of the men allegedly began choking defendant. Defendant pulled out a utility knife and held it in the air. The men got back in...

The Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not err by awarding spousal support to the defendant-former husband, or by requiring the plaintiff-former wife to pay some of his attorney fees incurred in their divorce action.

The court rejected plaintiff's argument that the award of spousal support was unfair and inequitable under the circumstances. "Although the trial court imputed $35,000 to defendant in annual income," he was unemployed and needed "to secure and...

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