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150040 - People v William Lyles. Jr.

The People of the State of Michigan,
Timothy Baughmnan
Madonna Georges Blanchard
(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)
(Wayne – Maher-Brennan, M.)
William Lyles, Jr.,
John Minock


William Lyles, Jr. presented evidence at trial regarding his character for non-violence and peaceful domestic relationships. The trial court did not instruct the jury regarding its consideration of this evidence, and the Court of Appeals granted Lyles a new trial. The Supreme Court directed oral argument on the prosecutor’s application to determine whether to grant the application or take other action. The issue to be addressed is whether it is more probable than not that the failure to properly instruct the jury regarding evidence of the defendant’s good character was outcome determinative.