Op-ed calls on Michigan to Reform Judicial Selection

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly is returning to private practice less than five years after being elected to the Court. Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio’s political analyst, expressed concern over such resignations in a recent op-ed: “To me, there’s something odd about that. Barring health or family reasons, I would think elected officials ought […]

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No Traction Yet in Michigan for Proposed Judicial Selection Reforms

Michigan legislators haven’t introduced legislation to enact recommendations of a Michigan task force, made almost a year ago, for reforming judicial elections. But some advocates haven’t given up hope that the legislature will act. State Sen. Glenn Anderson, a Democrat, said the legislature ought to consider some of the recommendations because it is important to […]

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Commentary: Politics as Usual in Picking New Michigan Justice?

A bipartisan judicial selection task force provided an “excellent blueprint” for improving the Michigan Supreme Court’s sometimes reputation as “a laughingstock and a disgrace,” but Gov. Rick Snyder (photo) appears poised to ignore the recommendations, Michigan Radio commentator Jack Lessenberry wrote. It was announced this week that Justice Diane Hathaway will retire later this month […]

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Michigan 'Dark Money' Imperils Fair Courts, Watchdog Warns

The undisclosed, so-called “dark money” that flooded this year’s Michigan Supreme Court election poses a grave threat to fair and impartial courts, watchdog Rich Robinson writes in a commentary published by Dome Magazine. Robinson heads Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a JAS partner group. By his tally, candidates spent $3.4 million in this year’s judicial election, […]

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