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In Lansing, 50 misdemeanor cases dropped after city ordinances expire

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
Fifty misdemeanor cases were dropped in Lansing after the city council accidentally let hundreds of city ordinances expire last year.

City prosecutors in Lansing recently dropped 50 misdemeanor cases after the city council accidentally let hundreds of ordinances expire last year.

The Lansing State Journal reports that as a result, the defendants in those cases won't be prosecuted at any level.

According to city officials, the alleged crimes were non-violent. The most common charges were trespassing and providing false information to a police officer.

In February, officials discovered the city council had missed a 10-year deadline to renew at least 100 local laws.

Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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