LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court has determined that the Kent County sheriff's department can't be held in contempt for failing to prevent a suicide.
Stephen Bradley fatally shot himself in 2004, despite a court order days earlier that directed deputies to pick him up before he harmed himself or others. The sheriff's department didn't follow the order.
Bradley's sister, Nancy Mick, filed a petition in probate court requesting the sheriff's department be held in contempt.
The sheriff's department says it's immune under Michigan law and can't be pursued with a contempt petition. A Kent County judge agreed, but the state appeals court sided with the family.
The Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision Friday reversed the appeal court's ruling and ordered the probate court to rule in the sheriff's department's favor.