Michigan Supreme Court Notebook

Case of mistaken identity on TV lands at high court

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of a man who sued after a national TV show mistakenly identified him as a criminal in suburban Detroit.

In 2011, Keith Todd was identified on an MSNBC show, "Caught on Camera: Dash Cam Diaries." But the person accused of stealing a limousine actually was another man with a similar name.

Todd didn't know until two years later when the show aired again. MSNBC eventually fixed the mistake, but Todd said he suffered emotional distress. So far, a Wayne County judge and the state appeals court have ruled against him.

The Supreme Court told lawyers to file briefs about whether the mistakes add up to "extreme and outrageous conduct," a key legal standard.

No date has been set for arguments.

Catholic school's decision under review by top court

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court is interested in the case of a student who was rejected for admission at a Roman Catholic school in Oakland County.

Under Michigan legal precedent, courts have steered clear of certain decisions made by faith-based schools, saying it would be unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

But the Supreme Court last week told lawyers to file arguments about whether that 1994 ruling should be overturned. The order lists other issues, too. It's no guarantee that the court will take action.

The latest case involves a girl rejected by Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Pontiac after attending Marist Academy. Both are run by the Marist Fathers and Brothers.

The girl's family says she was illegally rejected because of a disability. The appeals court said courts can't intervene.

Published: Tue, Nov 08, 2016


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