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

Jul 17, 2019

Michigan Supreme Court Building
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Lawyers from the state Attorney General’s Office will 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 at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org