The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously rejected the use of a one-judge grand jury by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to indict the ex-governor and other Flint water crisis defendants. Snyder’s lawyers blasted prosecutors as “vindictive.”
Hospitals are sending mixed signals, or no signal at all, on whether they will perform abortions. Some local prosecutors say they can now charge abortion doctors, which state leaders deny. The result, for now, is legal chaos.
An injunction suspending enforcement of Michigan’s 1931 ban on abortions only applies to the state, an attorney for prosecutors contends, revealing the tenuousness of the law after the Supreme Court decision.
A conservative majority of justices overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a federal right to abortion. In a series of opinions, the nine-member court revealed deep divisions within their ranks.
Michigan was poised to outlaw most abortions after Roe fell, but a judge recently suspended the state’s 1931 abortion ban. While that case is sorted out, clinics expect more out-of-state patients at Michigan clinics to get the procedure.