Oral arg. – COA – Feb. 3, 2016 – parole eligibility for drug offenses

At 10:00 the COA will hear Nathan Sinko v. State – an important case concerning parole eligibility for certain drug offenders.

This case challenges the legislature’s ability to change an offender’s  parole eligibility after the date of the crime and conviction.  In 2014, the legislature changed the parole laws. Many drug offenders who had had parole eligibility dates  were notified by MDOC that they were no longer eligible for parole.  Sinko filed a pcr and the trial court found that this was not the correct procedure.

Sinko’s brief

State’s brief

Sinko’s reply

Watch the argument here.

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