Then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm reflects on her past eight years in office during a year-end interview Dec. 10, 2010, at the state Capitol in Lansing.
Published : Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012, 4:34 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan inmate who was poised to leave prison after more than 20 years is suing to force the state to honor a commutation order that was signed by a governor in 2010.
Matthew Makowski's life-without-parole sentence was commuted by Gov. Jennifer Granholm just days before she left office. But she changed her mind after the victim's family protested.
Makowski admits planning the robbery of a co-worker in suburban Detroit in 1988. But he wasn't present at the crime and didn't know that it would lead to the fatal stabbing of Pietro "Pete" Puma.
A University of Michigan law professor says Granholm had no authority to stop Makowski's release once she filed the papers. State attorneys say the governor was free to change her mind.