Local Success: March, 2017

Gary D. Strauss successfully argued for a change to the scoring of Offense Variable 4 on March 1, 2017, in the 30th Judicial (Ingham County) Circuit Court, which resulted in a reduction in the scoring from a minimum of 42 months to 27 months.  The judge sentenced Mr. Strauss’s client to the new minimum of 27 months.

Michael L. Steinberg won not guilty verdicts in a resisting and obstructing case after a trial in the 16th Judicial (Macomb County) Circuit Court on March 8, 2017.

Michael A. Faraone secured a reduced – by 53 months – minimum sentence for his client at a resentencing in the 30th Judicial (Ingham County) Circuit Court on March 22, 2017.

David L. Moffitt won new trials for two brothers, convicted in 2016 of second-degree murder and serving minimum sentences of 52 years each, in the 7th Judicial (Genesee County) Circuit Court.  The grounds for the new trials included defective jury instructions (failure to include instructions of defense of others), and the verdict form did not include available lesser included offenses.

by Neil Leithauser
Associate Editor