FAQs for Practitioners after the Michigan Supreme Court Ruling in People v Lockridge

In People v Lockridge, ___ Mich ___ (Docket No. 149073, 7/29/15), the Michigan Supreme Court concluded that the Michigan sentencing guidelines create a mandatory minimum sentence range that violates the rule of Apprendi v New Jersey, 530 US 466 (2000), and Alleyne v United States, 133 S Ct 2151 (2013), and thus violates the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments, because the sentencing scheme uses judicial fact-finding in the scoring of the offense variables.

Learn how this decision affects felony sentencing in Michigan moving forward by reading Anne Yantus' Answers to Lockridge FAQs