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WWJ Tabs McGehee to Speak About Juvenile Lifer Decision

The Michigan Supreme Court will make a decision on whether to give Juveniles already sentenced as a lifer a second chance at life. Michigan has roughly 360 inmates in prison for life who were convicted of first degree murder when they were just teenagers. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette argues that those teenagers were given a fair trial, as well as a fair sentence. But Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Cary McGehee spoke with WWJ's Charlie Langton, and said she agrees with a Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that mandatory no-parole punishments are cruel and unusual for juveniles. "It's cruel and unusual punishment for somebody who's being sentenced," McGehee said. "But somebody who's been in prison for 20 years, who didn't have the benefit of a judge taking into consideration the mitigating circumstances. That's not cruel and unusual punishment?" You can read the entire online summary of the WWJ interview here.

M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.