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People v. Wooten

Supreme Court of Michigan

June 3, 2015

PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
JOHN OLIVER WOOTEN, Defendant-Appellant

COA: 314315. Wayne CC: 11-012794-FC.

Robert P. Young, Jr., Chief Justice. Stephen J. Markman, Mary Beth Kelly, Brian K. Zahra, Bridget M. McCormack, David F. Viviano, Richard H. Bernstein, Justices.

ORDER

On order of the Court, the application for leave to appeal the June 26, 2014 judgment

Page 329

of the Court of Appeals is considered. We direct the Clerk to schedule oral argument on whether to grant the application or take other action. MCR 7.302(H)(1). The parties shall file supplemental briefs within 42 days of the date of this order addressing: (1) whether the prosecution is permitted, during its case-in-chief, to elicit testimony from a police witness regarding the defendant's pre-arrest silence or failure to come forward to explain a claim of self-defense, see, e.g., Combs v Coyle, 205 F.3d 269 (CA 6, 2000); Hall v Vasbinder, 563 F.3d 222 (CA 6, 2009); (2) whether such evidence is admissible as substantive evidence of the defendant's guilt, or as impeachment of the defendant's anticipated defense theory; and (3) if such evidence is inadmissible, whether the trial court clearly erred in finding that the trial prosecutor did not intentionally goad the defense into moving for a mistrial, and whether the trial court erred in granting a mistrial, but allowing the defendant to be retried. The parties should not submit mere restatements of their application papers.


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