Justice Elizabeth Weaver on the Michigan Supreme Court: the agenda should be justice

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Justice Elizabeth Weaver and David Schock join us to discuss her book, Judicial Deceit: Tyranny & Unnecessary Secrecy at the Michigan Supreme Court. My take on the book: When you mention Betty Weaver’s name to a lawyer, you will get an immediate and strong reaction. The retired 16-year veteran of the Michigan Supreme Court is […]

Scandal or not, Diane Hathaway did us a favor

You know by now that Diane Hathaway has been plagued by short-sale scandal for several months, culminating in her recent announcement that she will resign. It’s unfortunate that she is resigning, bringing us from 4-3 GOP-Dem (endorsed) bench to likely a 5-2. I don’t know who Snyder will appoint but it’s sure to be someone […]

Come to the Justice Caucus’ “Supreme Challenge” this Saturday

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I’ve written about this year’s Michigan Supreme Court [MSC] race before, and will again. Everybody reading this should already know how important the MSC is, and how it does not get nearly enough attention by most voters. If you are coming to the MDP Convention this weekend, please come to the Justice Caucus’ program to […]

GOP Michigan Supreme Court protects its Oakland County cronies

The decision late Monday night by the Michigan Supreme Court in the Oakland County redistricting case proves two things: that down ballot, allegedly nonpartisan races have severe consequences and the so-called activist judges the right loves to rail about actually reside on the right. At 7:30 p.m. last night, the Republican majority on Supreme Court […]

HOUSTON VS. SNYDER AND BROOKS VS. THE LAW

HOUSTON VS. SNYDER AND BROOKS VS. THE LAW – SUPREME COURT HEARS CONTROVERSIAL CASE ON REPUBLICAN POWER GRAB LEGISLATION TODAY For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 CONTACT: Frank Houston (248) 808-7166 HOUSTON VS. SNYDER AND BROOKS VS. THE LAW SUPREME COURT HEARS CONTROVERSIAL CASE ON REPUBLICAN POWER GRAB LEGISLATION TODAY LANSING, MI – After […]

Mich Supreme Court: Okay to tax seniors’ pensions but not raise taxes on the wealthy

The Detroit Free Press characterizes a move by the Michigan Supreme Court as a “victory” for Governor Rick Snyder. The reality is that it is a solid defeat for the 99% and a “victory” for the 1%. The Michigan Supremes basically said it’s okay to tax seniors’ pensions but not okay to raise taxes on […]

Rick Snyder & Public Act 4 dealt another blow from the Michigan Supreme Court

Back in August, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sought to bypass the normal court process and asked the Michigan Supreme Court to make a decision on the lawsuit challenging Public Act 4, the so-called Emergency Manager Law. (Details on the lawsuit filed by the Sugar Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights can be found […]

Michigan Supreme Ct. to GOP Rep. Paul Scott: “Strike three, you’re out!” Recall is STILL on!

After going to the Michigan Supreme Court well for a third time, GOP Representative Paul Scott has been smacked down a third and final time. The Supreme Court ruled today that Paul Scott’s recall WILL go forward. The Michigan Supreme Court says it will not stop or postpone a recall election targeting a state lawmaker. […]

BREAKING: Michigan Supreme Court denies Rep. Paul Scott appeal – RECALL IS ON!!!

In a move that has taken many, including ME, by surprise, the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a decision this morning (pdf) denying Rep. Paul Scott’s request for a preliminary injunction meaning that his recall is back on for the November 2011 ballot. As I wrote yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals had put an […]

One Michigan Supreme Court justice has a MAJOR conflict of interest on the Emergency Mgr Law

The Sugar Law Center is requesting that Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman recuse himself from anything related to their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager Law: Lawyers fighting Michigan’s tough new emergency manager law want a Michigan Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from the case because his wife […]