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Michigan Solicitor General's Office Receives National Award Contact:
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- Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Michigan Attorney
General's Solicitor General Office has received the National Association of
Attorneys General (NAAG) Best Brief Award for 2012. The award has been received
for Michigan's merits brief in Howes v. Fields. The winners were
selected by a panel of eight independent Supreme Court experts, each of whom is
a leading member of the Supreme Court bar.
John Bursch, Chief Legal Counsel Richard Bandstra, Deputy Solicitor General Eric
Restuccia, and Assistant Attorney General Brian Neill were recognized by NAAG
for their work on the brief.
"As I've said many
times, we have a great team and we have the best Solicitor General's Office in
America," said Schuette, "This award is welcome recognition that the People of
Michigan are being represented by outstanding legal minds."
In Howes v.
Fields, the United States Supreme Court reversed a decision of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and reinstated the conviction of a
defendant who sexually abused a child. The defendant's attorneys had persuaded
the Sixth Circuit that his confession while in prison was inadmissible because
he hadn't received a Miranda warning. Michigan persuaded the Supreme
Court to reverse, with the Court concluding that the police had acted properly
in questioning the suspect.
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