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Governor Whitmer Appoints Attorney Judith S. Gracey to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission

Governor Whitmer – Press Release June 12, 2019 Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission and the Board of Law Examiners: Michigan Appellate Defender Commission Thomas W. Cranmer, of Bloomfield Hills, is the senior principal of Miller, [..]

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An In-Depth Look at the Role of the Mitigation Specialist on the Death Penalty Defense Team

  For a pdf of this image click here: Death Penalty Mitigation Specialist Mitigation Specialists gather information to compile a psycho-social profile of the accused for legal defense teams in capital cases. Psycho-social profiles aid the efforts of the defense team to prevent a sentence of death. Psycho-social profiles are wide ranging and include, but are [..]

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Review of the Federal Death Penalty

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly described the death penalty as a “valuable tool.” As a result, the Department of Justice is currently increasing the number of authorized death penalty cases, which is a vastly higher when compared to previous administrations. How does the federal death penalty process work? Check out this week’s firm blog post [..]

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Steps in the Federal Criminal Process

Important steps in the federal criminal process: Investigation Charging Initial Hearing/Arraignment Discovery Plea Bargaining Preliminary Hearing Pre-Trial Motions Trial Post-Trial Motions Sentencing Appeal For more information regarding the federal criminal process, the federal rules for criminal cases can be found in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which govern all aspects of criminal trials. Please [..]

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Differences Between Federal and State Courts

There are two types of courts in the United States; federal and state.  There are distinct differences between federal courts and state courts.  The differences include but are not limited to jurisdiction, types of cases, attorney profiles and judges.  We have developed this guide on the differences for your review.  This is a general overview [..]

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