People v. Warren: Can It Be Prostitution Without Sex?

The Michigan Supreme Court in People v. Brown answered a pressing question: Is it prostitution if it was only hands? In this case, defendants owned a massage parlor where nude female employees provided manual stimulation to nude male customers. The defendants argued that this was not prostitution because the definition of prostitution only applies to sexual intercourse. What Happened in the Case Defendants were charged with several crimes, including accepting the earnings of prostitutes, conspiracy to accept the earnings […]

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People v. Drake: Can it Be Gross Indecency Without Sex?

The Michigan Court of Appeals in People v. Drake focuses on the Michigan Gross Indecency Law. Specifically, the Court looks into the question of whether gross indecency is limited to certain traditional sexual acts or includes other sexual acts. The Court concluded that the gross indecency law is not limited to certain traditional sexual activities. Sexual gratification can come in forms beyond just the “traditional” or easily identified sexual activities. The question to answer is whether there has been […]

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People v. Kowlaski: Supreme Court Answers What Does It Mean to “Accost” A Child for Immoral Purposes?

The Michigan Supreme Court Case of People v. Kowalski focuses on the law of accosting a minor for immoral purposes under MCL 750.145a. Specifically, the Court answers the question of what does it mean to ‘accost’ a minor? What Happened in the Case Defendant was speaking with a “girl” on the internet whom he believed was 15 years old. The girl was really an undercover police officer. The Defendant and the fake girl had several conversations, that were […]

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People v. Tennyson: What Does It Mean to Contribute to the Neglect or Delinquency of a Minor Child?

The Michigan Supreme Court in People v. Tennyson discusses the Michigan law of contributing the delinquency of a minor. In this case, the Court sought to determine whether evidence that a child was present in a home where a defendant was in possession of drugs and firearms is legally sufficient for a conviction under the criminal law of contributing the neglect or delinquency of a minor under MCL 750.145. Specifically, what level of certainty is required to determine […]

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