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Michigan Supreme Court rules on home searches

June 14, 2017
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The Michigan Supreme Court said the rights of two jail officers were violated during pre-dawn visits to their homes.

Todd VanDoorne and Michael Frederick were charged with having marijuana butter, although a Grand Rapids-area drug team didn't have a search warrant in 2014.

In a unanimous ruling this month, the Supreme Court said police were trespassing with their early morning visits, which turned into searches.

The court is sending the case back to a Kent County judge to determine whether the searches can still stand under the circumstances.

VanDoorne and Frederick said they felt compelled to cooperate, because they're officers too.

They had medical marijuana cards at the time, but prosecutors said they still violated the law.

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