Category Archives: Sentencing

Can a Judge Give You Any Sentence They Want to in Michigan?

  “The court sentences you to a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of 75 years in prison!”   For a person who’s been convicted of a crime, being sentenced can seem like a terrifying and rather arbitrary process. As if the judge simply picks a large number of years because they don’t like […]

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Veteran’s Court in Monroe County – New Hope For Struggling Warriors

  The way Michigan approaches the issue of veterans caught up in the legal system has changed dramatically in recent years – a fact that has seen countless former soldiers and war heros offered a new lease on life. It’s something we’ve written about before, as the way our legal system handles traumatized soldiers shifts […]

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Correcting an Invalid Sentence in a Michigan Court

  Believe it or not, there are specific procedures that a judge must follow when sentencing  someone who has been found guilty by a jury, or has decided to plead guilty to a crime. According to Michigan Court Rule 6.425, the judge must allow each party a chance to address any issues or concerns they […]

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Should Juries Have the Power to Sentence Teens to Life?

The question of whether a jury should have the power to sentence a teenager to prison for life is a very conflicted one. Which is why the Michigan Court of Appeals has assigned a panel of judges to address the issue of whether or not to grant that kind of power to a jury, when […]

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Genesee Judge Exceeds Sentencing Guidelines

Boy Scout Leader Gets 50 Years Prison for Wife’s Murder Just days ago, Andrew Farley Jr. was sentenced to spend many decades behind bars for the murder of his wife. Following a guilty conviction by a Genesee County Circuit Court Jury for second degree murder, the Judge then exceeded the state’s sentencing guidelines on the […]

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Wafer / McBride Murder Trial

The Verdict Is In Theodore Wafer, the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man who shot Renisha McBride in the face through his screen door at 4 am, has been convicted of second degree murder by a 12 person jury. Wafer woke in the early hours of the morning to the sound of violent pounding on his front […]

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Get a Vasectomy and Get Less Jail?

Virginia Man Offered Unusual Deal A recent case in Virginia has received much press and public debate, as it is the first of its kind in decades, recalling a less-than-lovely aspect of the country’s legal past.  A Prosecutor in the state of Virginia has offered a man the chance to have his sentence reduced in […]

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Flint Shooting Jury Verdict: Guilty

Shots Fired at Two Teen Boys James Kenneth Seeley, a 33-year-old resident of Flint, has been found guilty of shooting at two 14-year-old boys outside his house in September 2013. According to police records, at 7 pm on Sunday, September 29th, officers were dispatched to the scene of a shooting near Arizona Avenue and Lewis […]

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Detroit, Michigan: Steve Utash Update

Defendants Sentenced Wonzey Saffold, a 30-year-old resident of Detroit and one of the men charged with the mob beating of Steve Utash, was sentenced recently to a minimum of 6 years in prison. He is one of several people who are facing prison sentences for their involvement in the attack on Utash. Utash was attacked […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Ruling

Governor Cannot Revoke Commutations In a landmark decision last month, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that once a Michigan Governor grants a prison commutation, it cannot be taken back. A prison commutation is similar to a pardon except instead of forgiving a prisoner’s crime altogether, it gives the Governor the power to reduce a […]

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