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Michigan Solicitor General's Office Receives National Award

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LANSING - 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.

 

Solicitor General 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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