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Parents of Oxford school shooter can face trial, court says

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals says the parents of a teenager who killed four students at a high school can face trial for involuntary manslaughter.

The groundbreaking case involves criminal responsibility for the acts of a child.

The appeals court said in a 3-0 opinion issues Thursday the murders would not have happened if Jennifer and James Crumbley hadn’t purchased a gun for Ethan Crumbley, or if they had taken him home after Oxford High School staff discovered his extreme drawings in 2021.

The court noted that the legal threshold at this stage of the case is fairly low under Michigan law. Ethan Crumbley awaits his sentence after pleading guilty to murder.

"Whether a jury actually finds that causation has been proven after a full trial, where the record will almost surely be more expansive — including evidence produced by defendants — is an issue separate from what we decide today," the court said.

James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of failing to secure a gun and ignoring the mental health needs of their son before the shootings in November 2021. Besides the deaths of four students, seven people were wounded.

Crumbley, 16, has pleaded guilty to terrorism and murder and could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

‘New EPO Filing Strategy’ explored at MIPLA webinar

The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) will host a virtual event on Tuesday, March 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom

Speaker Steve Duxbury, of Arnold & Siedsma (Germany), will discuss the “New EPO Filing Strategy (saving costs, maximizing rights).”

For additional information or to register, visit and click on “events.”‘

Attorneys discuss cybersecurity risks in the auto industry

As part of its Dykema Drives Auto Webinars series, Dykema will present “Cybersecurity” on Wednesday, March 29, from 1 to 2 p.m.

This program will review the top cybersecurity risks impacting the auto industry, including best practices for risk mitigation.

Speaking at the webinar will be Dykema’s Dante Stella, member, Detroit; and Cindy Motley, member, Chicago.

To register for the webinar, visit and click on “News & Insights.”



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