Attorney General Schuette
Defends Constitution, Rights of Pensioners
Attorney General Schuette
swore an oath to protect and defend the constitution. That oath becomes much
more meaningful because of the potential for Detroit bankruptcy proceedings to
cut the pensions of hardworking Detroit cops and firefighters and their spouses
could not be more clear. Article 9, section 24 states: "The accrued financial
benefits of each pension plan and retirement system of the state and its
political subdivisions shall be a contractual obligation thereof which shall not
be diminished or impaired thereby."
To uphold his oath and
protect the rights of pensioners, Attorney General Schuette has asked the 6th
Circuit Court of Appeals to decide this question. Michigan's Pension Clause in
the constitution is more than just a contract right: its inviolability is a part
of Michigan's fundamental law.
- Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced
his office will present oral arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court arguing
that a recent U.S. Supreme Court addressing the sentences of convicted teenage
murderers does not apply retroactively.
- Attorney General Bill Schuette
today announced that Jackie Robinson
Harris, 36, of Auburn Hills, who was convicted of human trafficking for sexually
exploiting a 16-year old girl from Southeast Michigan, was sentenced to 25 -
80 years by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford-Morris.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the filing of
criminal charges by his Corporate Oversight Division against Oklahoma-based
Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Delaware-based Encana Oil and Gas USA for
their alleged 2010 collaboration to avoid
bidding wars against each other in Michigan public auctions and private
negotiations for oil and gas leases that
caused prices to plummet.
Attorney General Bill Schuette today warned suppliers against tactics that take
advantage of consumers as Michigan residents continue to struggle with cold
"With the current cold snap and volatile propane prices due to
increased demand and lower supply, Michigan consumers are already struggling
with rising costs, making it hard on family budgets," said Schuette.
Attorney General Bill Schuette today marked National Consumer
Protection week by releasing his annual list of the Top Ten Consumer Complaints
and highlighting the Attorney General's free educational resources. Schuette's
Top Ten List is compiled by analyzing the nearly 11,000 written complaints filed
with the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division in 2013.