Update in Michigan

IMG_1169 Michigan (Lansing)At the end of December, the Sixth Circuit granted a limited, 30-day stay in our challenge to Michigan’s discriminatory wealth-based license suspension laws.

The ruling from the appeals court is a victory for our plaintiffs: the court specifically holds that “The State has not demonstrated a strong likelihood of success on the merits of its challenge to the district court’s ruling on procedural due process.” In other words, both the appeals court and the district court agree with what we have been saying all along: by suspending the licenses of those too poor to pay court debts, the Michigan Secretary of State violated hundreds of thousands of people’s constitutional rights.

The appeals court has remanded to the district court for the limited purpose of allowing the district court to provide further details about the injunction imposed on the state. You can read the opinion here: A8, 2017-12-28 C Stay