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State Supreme Court Ruling Affects Habitual Offenders
(2008-07-23)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A divided Michigan Supreme Court has
struck down precedent and ruled that criminals can be sentenced as
habitual offenders if their felonies stem from the same criminal
act.
Wednesday's ruling affects a Wayne County man but could have
wider implications on sentencing practices in the state.
Four justices voted to overrule 1987 and 1990 cases in which the
court said convictions arising from one criminal incident shouldn't
be counted twice to give defendants habitual offender status and,
as a result, potentially longer sentences.
Two justices dissented, arguing lawmakers intended to give
harsher sentences to persistent criminals, not those who commit
multiple offenses in one event.
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