Bill Schuette

More than 300 juvenile lifers could get a shot at parole

Jan 25, 2016

More than 300 Michigan prisoners serving no-parole sentences will likely have an opportunity for release after a major decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court says prisoners who have been locked up for years must benefit from a 2012 ruling that outlawed automatic no-parole sentences as cruel punishment for first-degree murder.

It applies to people convicted of murder when they were teenagers.

Ann Arbor attorney Deborah LaBelle says the reaction Monday has been "tears of joy" in Michigan prisons.

Former health official enters plea in Medicaid fraud case

Nov 25, 2015

The former head of a Calhoun County mental health organization faces up to 17 months in prison and will pay more than $1 million as part of a plea deal in a fraud case.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Ervin Brinker pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court in Mason.

Brinker will pay $510,000 in restitution and another $510,000 in civil penalties.

He was fired in February from his job as chief executive for Battle Creek-based Summit Pointe.

The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $1.9 million to the lawyers who won the landmark gay marriage case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Under federal law, there's no dispute that taxpayers were on the hook. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer challenged Michigan's ban on gay marriage and restrictions on joint adoption.

Attorney General Bill Schuette vigorously defended the gay marriage ban, which was struck down as unconstitutional.

Authorities say 67-year-old northern Michigan man stole more than $100,000 from an elderly woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease while he was serving as a lawyer. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced charges against Michael Aho Kennedy of Petoskey. Kennedy was disbarred this year by the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. He was arraigned Monday in Emmet County District Court. The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment Tuesday from his lawyer. Investigators believe the embezzlement began in 2006 and a trust was drained.

Groups: End police confiscation of assets if no conviction

Sep 29, 2015

Groups on the right and left of the political spectrum are calling for an end to law enforcement's ability to confiscate people's assets without convicting them of a crime. The process known as civil forfeiture lets police seize and ultimately take ownership of cash, homes and vehicles thought to be associated with criminal activity, even if no crimes are proven.   The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan released a report Tuesday saying more than $270 million in proceeds were forfeited from 2001 to 2013 in Michigan, with no way to tell if propert

Michigan AG investigating Reps. Courser and Gamrat

Sep 11, 2015

Attorney General Bill Schuette's office says an investigation of the "Courser-Gamrat matter" is already open.

 Spokesman John Sellek says the office is working with Michigan State Police on a "complete and thorough" investigation "without fear or favor, but declined to offer any details Friday.   The House Business Office says it found dishonesty, misconduct and misuse of public resources by Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, allegations that led to his resignation and her removal from office. 

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan

The attorneys general of Michigan and Oklahoma are urging leaders in every state to impose state-based sanctions against Iran in response to a nuclear accord between Iran, the U.S. and other nations.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and sent a letter Monday encouraging sanctions to prohibit the investment of state assets in Iran.
The U.S. negotiated alongside other nations for nearly two years before finalizing an accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

Michigan attorney general endorses Jeb Bush for president

Aug 19, 2015

Michigan's Republican attorney general is backing Jeb Bush for president.