Court asked to alter decision in prisoner case - WNEM TV 5

Court asked to alter decision in prisoner case

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A prisoner who won a major case at the Michigan Supreme Court is asking it for additional help because the state's interpretation of the decision could delay or prevent his release.

The court ruled that Gov. Jennifer Granholm acted illegally when she revoked a commutation of Matthew Makowski's no-parole sentence before leaving office in 2010.

Makowski figured it would clear the way for his release after 25 years in prison. But the parole board is interpreting the decision to mean that he only qualifies for a parole hearing and his freedom isn't guaranteed.

Makowski's lawyers are asking the Supreme Court to modify its June 3 opinion.

He was convicted of first-degree murder for arranging a robbery by others that led to the death of a co-worker in Dearborn in 1988.

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