My question involves court procedures for the state of: Michigan
I'm looking for information about a case. I often find myself in this situation, so would also like to know how I can find such information by myself in the future.
I have a dispute with the State of Michigan Treasury Department, and found a Supreme Court of Michigan ("MSC") case that is completely on point and supports my position. (As a side note, I'm aware of subsequent legislative changes to use tax law, but those don't affect my case.) I found the decision at http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mi-suprem...t/1275590.html -- It's People v. Rodriguez, Docket 115939, December 27, 2000. (As another side note, I went the safe way. I paid use tax that I disputed I owe, and am asking for it back - I'm not being prosecuted for tax evasion.)
The MSC reversed the Court of Appeals and circuit court judgments (which is good for me), and the case was remanded to the circuit court for a new trial.
I want to know what happened with the case after that. Although the MSC knocked down most of the State's legal standing, I want to know if the case was dropped by the attorney general's office, or whether a new case was litigated -- and if so, how it wound up.
I found http://coa.courts.mi.gov/resources/a...0&inqtype=sdoc -- which is the docket from the court of appeals standpoint. That let me know the case came from Lenawee County Circuit Court, but I don't think that helps me a lot.
Is there a better way to track this down than calling Lenawee County Circuit Court tomorrow? (I'd probably have to go there, but luckily they're only 80min away.)
I've used pacer before, and I don't believe they track anything at the state circuit court level. I'm guessing Lexis might have a product that would do this, but I'm looking for a low-cost service. I don't mind paying a few dollars, but Lexis' products are out of budget for me.
QUESTION 1 - Is there a way I can track this down online myself?
QUESTION 2 - If not, is there a way someone can (easily) use a service they subscribe to, to let me know what happened?
QUESTION 3 - As a related question, when I see a reference to another case like: "People v. Burgenmeyer, 461 Mich. 431, 436, n. 10, 606 N.W.2d 645 (2000)", I usually copy that into google, and if I come up empty, would start looking just for "People v. Burgenmeyer". I know those numbers & letters are useful and could lead me right to the case and/or decision -- is there a better way I can use them (for free/low-cost) than google?