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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

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    No Big Deal (none / 0) (#4)
    by The Wizard of Laws on Tue May 03, 2011 at 07:53:48 AM EST
    Appellate courts traveling to various locations throughout the state to hold court is really no big deal.  It happens from time to time, and it's a good thing for students and citizens to be able to watch court proceedings in person.  I don't read anything into the location (are we supposed to boycott Dearborn forever?).  From the Court's press release yesterday:

    LANSING, MI, May 2, 2011 - A Detroit man who claims self-defense in a shooting will have
    his case heard by  the  Michigan Supreme Court  on May 10, when the Court convenes in
    Dearborn for "Court Community Connections," a Supreme Court program aimed principally at high school students.

      The defendant in People v Richardson shot and seriously wounded two people during an altercation with his neighbors,
    who were standing outside the defendant's home. The defendant
    said that he feared for his wife and himself when one of the neighbors started hitting his screen
    door with a baseball bat. He was also fearful because of the neighbors; earlier hostility and
    because he believed that the two people he shot  had been drinking and taking drugs, the
    defendant asserted. A jury found the defendant - who had no prior criminal record - guilty of
    assault and felony-firearm; the Michigan  Court of Appeals affirmed  those convictions. On
    appeal, the defendant argues in part that the trial judge did not properly instruct the jury
    on the elements of self defense, particularly as to whether the defendant had a duty to retreat from the attack.

      The Supreme Court, which normally hears oral arguments at the Michigan Hall of Justice
    in Lansing, will hear oral argument in Richardson at  the Ford Community and Performing Arts
    Center. Students  and educators  from  Dearborn High, Fordson, Edsel Ford,  Divine Child,
    Riverside Academy, and Henry Ford Academy will attend the 12:15 p.m. court session in the
    Michael A. Guido Theater Auditorium. Students and teachers will study the case in advance with
    the help of local judges and attorneys. Following the argument, the students will meet with the
    attorneys in the case for a debriefing.

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