Michigan convict’s lifetime monitoring an issue for court

 7:29 AM, Sep. 24, 2011

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case of a Muskegon County man who faces lifetime electronic monitoring after pleading no contest to criminal sexual conduct.

David Cole says he wasn’t aware of the monitoring when he closed his case and was sent to prison in 2009. The state appeals court in March said he could withdraw his no-contest plea but the Supreme Court intervened this week and said it would take an appeal from the prosecutor.

The Supreme Court will decide whether Michigan law requires a judge to inform a defendant about the lifetime monitoring. Meanwhile, the 35-year-old Cole remains in prison and is eligible for parole in 2014.

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