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From our State Capitol in Lansing to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, WKAR is committed to explaining how the actions of lawmakers are affecting Michiganders. Political and government reporter Abigail Censky leads this section. There are also stories from Capitol correspondents Cheyna Roth, Rick Pluta and the Associated Press. As the 2020 presidential race begins, look here for reports on the role Michigan will play in electing or re-electing the president.

MI Supreme Court Raises Concern On Impact of Criminal Sexual Conduct Law

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A state statute raises confusion about the legal age of consent for some crimes.  The Michigan Supreme Court wants clarification.

The Michigan Supreme Court says the Legislature might want to clear up a conflict within the state’s laws.

Michigan’s age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16. But a separate statute that criminalizes child sexually abusive activity and material says that a “child” is a person under 18-years-old.

The court says this conflict in ages could have unintended consequences. Like criminalizing sexual behavior involving an otherwise consenting 16 and 17-year-old. 

But the court couldn’t say for sure what the intent of the Legislature that wrote the law was. 

The court didn’t release a formal opinion on the issue. But it commented on the confusion during an order denying consideration of an appeal.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for 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.
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