Miranda v. Arizona, a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1966, established the requirement for law enforcement officials to inform criminal suspects of their constitutional rights before custodial interrogations. The case revolved around Ernesto Miranda, who was arrested by the Phoenix Police Department on suspicion of kidnapping and rape. During the … Continue reading When must the police read me my rights?
Increase in R&O felony charges result from the government having unchecked power.
Our Legislature must take a look at these type of police abuses. It is unconscionable that a free citizen of this State and this Country is FORCED to comply with literally any request made by a person in uniform. My old football coach used to say that if he said “jump” we should ask “how high?” God forbid if you ask that of an officer in Marquette County; you will probably be arrested for Resisting and Obstructing.
A man’s home REALLY IS his castle
Two recent unanimous Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) opinions in cases decided in 2021 have bolstered an individual’s right to be secure from the government in his own home. Quite simply, individuals have more right to be safe from illegal intrusion by police officers today than they did yesterday, or last month. Caniglia … Continue reading A man’s home REALLY IS his castle
Public Defenders in the news.
Watch Chief Public Defender Patrick Crowley on WNMU's Ask The Lawyers Criminal Law Special.
Criminal Law special edition of Ask The Lawyers
Be sure to tune in to Ask The Lawyers on WNMU-TV on Thursday January 16, 2020 for a special criminal law edition of the program. Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese and Chief Public Defender Patrick Crowley will once again answer your criminal law questions from 8:00 - 9:00pm. If you are interested in watching the previous … Continue reading Criminal Law special edition of Ask The Lawyers
SCOTUS says Homelessness is not a crime! (Kind of.)
Today the United States Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal from the city of Boise Idaho on a statute that made it a crime to sleep on city sidewalks. The Ninth Circuit Court had ruled that prosecuting homeless individuals under the statute violated the eighth amendment of the US Constitution because their situation … Continue reading SCOTUS says Homelessness is not a crime! (Kind of.)
Created to improve Criminal Defense for those who cannot afford to hire counsel.
The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was created by legislation in 2013 after an advisory commission recommended improvements to the state’s legal system. The MIDC works to ensure the state’s public defense system is fair, cost-effective, and constitutional while simultaneously protecting public safety and accountability. In order to fulfill this effort, the MIDC has created four … Continue reading Created to improve Criminal Defense for those who cannot afford to hire counsel.