Michigan Supreme Court won't intervene in $100M deal with Prisoners

Nov 11, 2011

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a dispute over a $100 million settlement with former and current female prisoners who claimed they were sexually harassed behind bars Oakland County wants the women's names so victims of their crimes can also be paid. While that dispute is pending, the county wants the state to suspend payments.

But in a 3-2 decision released Friday, the Supreme Court said it won't freeze payments. It declined to overturn a decision by the state appeals court. Two justices didn't participate. Justice Stephen Markman and Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says the lack of intervention will hurt crime victims.