Supreme Court

GOP-led House adopts anti-abortion resolution 

BY: - June 23, 2021

The state House adopted a resolution Tuesday to “call for the enforcement of all laws regulating or limiting the practice of abortion” in Michigan amid the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear challenges against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established the constitutional right to abortion at least in the first trimester of pregnancy. […]


B.A. Schaaff: We’ve had some important national wins for LGBTQ+ rights, but there’s more work to do

BY: - June 23, 2021

Pride Month is a chance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people to be proud and visible in a world that tells us not to be. Pride Month is a chance to celebrate and honor the work of LGBTQ+ people as we fight every day for equity and inclusion in society, in the […]

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this […]

Supreme Court ends challenge by states to Obamacare

BY: - June 18, 2021

Health care advocates cheered a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday rejecting a challenge of the Affordable Care Act pushed by Texas and more than a dozen other GOP-led states, including Georgia. The justices ruled with a 7-to-2 majority that the states lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. […]

Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, Michigan and other states

BY: - June 16, 2021

Documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee showed that former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. On Dec. 29, Trump assistant […]

Dana Nessel

Nessel says she isn’t the proper defendant for minimum wage, paid sick leave lawsuit

BY: - June 8, 2021

Updated, 9:05 p.m., 6/8/21 with additional comments Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion Monday in response to a lawsuit that aims for an increase in the state’s minimum wage and appropriate paid sick time, arguing that she isn’t the right defendant for the suit. The lawsuit, Mothering Justice, et al v Nessel, challenges the […]

Recent Supreme Court ruling is ‘small step’ toward affirming tribal rights

BY: - June 7, 2021

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week is being seen as a step in the right direction toward untangling complex jurisdictional issues that often result in crimes against Indigenous people going unaddressed in Michigan and elsewhere throughout the country. The case, United States v. Cooley, essentially upholds tribal law enforcement’s authority over non-Natives who […]

Activists call for minimum wage increase and paid sick leave amid pandemic

BY: - April 23, 2021

Aqeela Muntaqim knows that times are tough for many Michiganders — and the COVID-19 pandemic have only made matters worse. “I’m a mother and I have to sacrifice paying for bills, paying for food and being able to care for my children,” the deputy director of Mothering Justice, a Michigan-based nonprofit advocacy group, said Thursday […]

State board deadlocks on Unlock Michigan petition

BY: - April 22, 2021

Updated, 4:24 p.m., 4/22/21, with comment from Unlock Michigan The controversial GOP-linked campaign to permanently repeal a 76-year-old law that granted emergency powers to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the first stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic has once again hit a snag, as the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on approving the Unlock Michigan petition Thursday […]

Mich. Supreme Court justice working remotely from Israel after 3 months in Dubai

BY: - April 8, 2021

Updated, 1:46 p.m., 4/9/21, with statement from State Court Administrative Office Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein has been working remotely from the Middle East since early January, the Jerusalem Post first reported. As the court continued to convene virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bernstein flew out to Dubai on Jan. 7 and stayed at […]

AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to block biofuels exemptions

BY: and - April 1, 2021

The state of Michigan has joined seven others in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to side with biofuels interests in a fight over small-refinery exemptions. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the amicus brief Wednesday. Iowa is the top producer of both ethanol and the corn it is made of, and a major producer of […]

On this day in 1897: Supreme Court rules Hazen Pingree can’t serve as Detroit mayor and governor

BY: - March 19, 2021

Heading up an executive branch of government, whether it be a city or a state, is demanding work. Lots of hours, much to do. So holding the office of Detroit mayor and Michigan governor at the same time would seem to be a daunting task. For more than two months, Hazen Pingree did just that. […]