In this opinion the AG states that because the Government did not make up a new defination for the word 'brandishing' that she would have to rely on the meaning found in the dictionary. In effect using the common language every citizen who can read is privy to.
Using common English as spoken by ordinary citizens should not be a last resort.Quote:
In that opinion, Attorney General Granholm noted that neither the Michigan Penal Code nor the Michigan Criminal Jury Instructions include a definition of brandishing, nor has it been defined in any case decided before the court in Michigan. Therefore, she concluded that it was appropriate to use dictionary definitions and to look to the meaning ascribed to the word in sister jurisdictions.