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SUPCT-DIVISIVE TERM
(2007-08-03)
(wgvu) - - MARGARETTE EBY'S CHILDREN WAITED 16 YEARS
BEFORE DNA EVIDENCE HELPED CATCH THE MAN WHO RAPED AND NEARLY
DECAPITATED THEIR MOTHER IN ONE OF THE GRISLIEST SLAYINGS IN
FLINT'S HISTORY.
FAMILY MEMBERS THOUGHT THEY HAD SUED IN PLENTY OF TIME AFTER NOT
DISCOVERING THE KILLER'S IDENTITY UNTIL 2002.
BUT IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE 2006-07 TERM THAT ENDED THIS WEEK,
THE STATE SUPREME COURT TOSSED OUT THE WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT AND
RULED IT WAS FILED 13 YEARS TOO LATE.
THE 4-3 DECISION WAS AMONG A HANDFUL OF RECENT SPLIT RULINGS
THAT RESTRICTED WHO CAN SUE AND WHEN. THE JUSTICES ALSO BECAME
EMBROILED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY LEVEL OF PERSONAL SNIPING THIS TERM.

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