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157688 - People v Tiffany Reichard

The People of the State of Michigan,

 

Jerrold Schrotenboer

 

Plaintiff-Appellee,

 

v

(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)

 

 

(Jackson – Wilson, T.)

 

Tiffany Lynn Reichard,

 

Michael Faraone

 

Defendant-Appellant.

 

Summary

Defendant Tiffany Reichard is awaiting trial in Jackson County for open murder.  The prosecution alleges that defendant assisted her boyfriend in an armed robbery, and that while acting as lookout, the boyfriend fatally stabbed Matt Cramton.  The trial court granted defendant’s pretrial motion to raise duress as a defense to murder.  On interlocutory review, the Court of Appeals reversed in a published opinion, agreeing with the prosecution that duress cannot be a defense to murder in any form.  The Supreme Court has ordered oral argument on the defendant’s application for leave to appeal to address whether the Court of Appeals correctly determined that duress is not an available defense to the charge of felony murder under any circumstances.  See People v Aaron, 409 Mich 672 (1980); Wright v State, 402 So 2d 493, 498 n 8 (Fla App, 1981). ​