GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court wants to hear more about pre-dawn visits to the homes of two Kent County jail officers who were charged with possessing cannabutter.
Todd VanDoorne and Michael Frederick say a Grand Rapids-area drug team didn’t have a search warrant in 2014. They say they felt compelled to cooperate because they’re officers, too.
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They had medical marijuana cards, but prosecutors said they still violated the law.
In an order Friday, the Supreme Court is asking lawyers to file briefs on whether so-called knock-and-talk procedures used by deputies violated the rights of VanDoorne and Frederick. The court also wants the parties to address whether the conduct was coercive.
A Kent County judge and the state appeals court found no problem with the searches.