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Q: Michigan Law ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Michigan Law
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: poohga-ga
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Posted: 14 Oct 2002 15:21 PDT
Expires: 13 Nov 2002 14:21 PST
Question ID: 76572
Where to find cross reference, Michigan Law, MSA 28.548 = MCLA 
Subject: Re: Michigan Law
Answered By: expertlaw-ga on 14 Oct 2002 20:35 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear poohga,

As you may know, the MSA (Michigan Statutes Annotated) citation has
recently been abandoned, and the only official citation for a statute
is to MCL / MCLA (Michigan Compiled Laws / Michigan Compiled Laws

You will still be able to find archived copies of the MSA in any
Michigan law school library. One of the volumes of the MSA is a set of
conversion charts, for cross-referencing MSA and MCL references. A
search of the University of Michigan's online catalog reveals that it
has the most recent update of the MSA in its Michigan Collection, call
number MC 26 C2. You can search the University of Michigan's Law
Schools online catalog, Lexcalibur, at: 

If you do not have easy access to a law library, you will still be
able to find most cross-references to an MSA citation by searching an
online collection of Michigan case law. Prior to the abandonment of
the MSA citation, almost all case law references to Michigan statutes
provided "parallel citations" to both the MCL and MSA. If you go to
the website of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE),
Michigan Law page, and search "by keyword" for the MSA citation, you
will likely produce a case which also references the MCL citation.
(When searching, put the citation in quotation marks - e.g., "MSA

By way of example, a search for "MSA 28.548" on the ICLE site produces
76 cases.

If you open the first case produced, People v Ross, you will find a
reference by the Court to "first-degree felony murder, MCL 750.316;
MSA 28.548". This parallel citation indicates that MSA 750.316 is the
same statute as MSA 28.548.

The specific statute you reference, MSA 28.548, cross-references to
MCL 750.316, the statute defining "First Degree Murder". This statute
can be read online at the Michigan Legislature website:

Research strategy:

As a Michigan lawyer, these are resources I use on a continuing basis.

I hope you find this helpful,

- expertlaw
poohga-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for your prompt reply.  We have the cross reference at our
local law library and local college, both in hard copy, so your answer
was very benefical for me.  It was night time and I was at home doing
some legal research Thanks! :)

Subject: Re: Michigan Law
From: nauster-ga on 14 Oct 2002 15:28 PDT
When I do a google search for
"michigan law msa 28.548"

I get a lot of hits, almost all of which list MCL 750.316 along with
it. Some of the links I checked quote it as giving a definition of
First Degree Murder.

Here's a fast link for the google search:

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