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AG’s Office To Argue Both Sides Of “Adopt And Amend” In Front Of Michigan Supreme Court

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Lawyers from the state Attorney General’s Officewill be in front of the Michigan Supreme Court today.  The twist?  They’ll be arguing both sides of the same issue.  Cheyna Roth explains.

The case involves whether or not it was OK for the state Legislature to adopt and amend two ballot initiatives in the same session.  The state Legislature requested the court issue a so-called “advisory opinion.”  The Michigan Supreme Court said it would hear arguments…and asked the Attorney General’s office to weigh in on both sides.  

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokeswoman for Attorney General Dana Nessel.  She says there is a conflict wall in place in the office.

“It is absolutely wonderful to see. Because you can do battle in the courtroom and still be wonderful, enthusiastic, supportive, respectful, and trusting colleagues.”

Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud will argue against the move, and Deputy Solicitor General Eric Restuccia will argue in favor.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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