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    Rule of Law - Yes, We Really Do Mean It!

    By PTurner, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:38:18 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, Rule of Law, Bob Young, Stephen Markman, Brian Zahra, Mary Beth Kelly, collective bargaining, Greg McNeilly, Clifford Taylor, Maura Corrigan, Marilyn Kelly, constitution, pension tax, emergency manager (all tags)

    Perhaps the current Rule of Law majority on the Michigan Supreme Court should have this saying etched into the side of the Hall of Justice in Lansing.  

    The GOP convention was this past weekend, and as several news agencies have reported, the anger with the GOP-majority Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court was palpable.  In a particularly detailed account, MIRS (subscription required) reported that the Justices "faced a frosty reception," although that characterization may be a bit of an understatement.  MIRS went on to report that if there had been more time before the convention, it is likely that Justices Markman and Zahra would have faced challenges to their seats, and that "some donors have asked for their money back from the Supreme Court race."  Former MRP executive director Greg McNeilly stated that he believes the Justices "made a political decision," and when asked what resources would be left for the GOP's Supreme Court candidates, McNeilly is quoted as responding "F--k them."  And this is just what was said publicly; "Most Republican powerbrokers didn't want to air their frustration publicly, but heated words privately, however, have been exchanged."

    Continued below

    (26 comments, 1492 words in story) Full Story


    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 04:06:53 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, 2012 vacancy nomination, Bob Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Wayne County Circuit Court, Colleen O'Brien, Oakland County Circuit Court, trust but verify . . . always, overturned decision, Auto-Owners v Keizer-Morris (all tags)

    In Grand Rapids tomorrow, the republican delegates will vote on which Judges will represent the Michigan Republican Party on the ballot for the Michigan Supreme Court.  Though the incumbent justices (Markman and Zhara) are expected to win handily, the race between Judge Jane Markey and Judge Colleen O'Brien for the vacancy nomination has become a little heated, with O'Brien's personal messenger Mike Rizik recently writing an especially mean email chock full of lies about Judge Markey.

    So is O'Brien fighting a grudge match?  Is this a "fight between unfriendly opponents?"

    (6 comments, 638 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Plaintiff Lawyer Tricks

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 11:47:42 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, 2012 vacancy nomination, Bob Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Wayne County Circuit Court, Colleen O'Brien, Oakland County Circuit Court, trust but verify . . . always, Mike Rizik (all tags)

    Or, How and Why Mike Rizik's Anti-Markey Attack Piece E-mail is Phony

    Republican Delegates recently received a letter from trial attorney Mike Rizik.  Mike Rizik has been a plaintiffs' personal injury lawyer and a 20-year member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers' Association.  The Michigan Trial Lawyers' Association, as you likely know, is Michigan's largest contributor to Democrat judicial candidates and the Democrat Party.

    (2 comments, 2150 words in story) Full Story

    Chief Justice Young and the Ballot Proposals

    By PTurner, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 11:36:19 PM EST
    Tags: Rule of Law, Robert Young, Bob Young, Chief Justice Young, Brian Zahra, Michigan Supreme Court, Mary Beth Kelly, Stephen Markman, Ballot Proposals, Collective Bargaining, Constitution, Separation of Powers, Judiciary (all tags)

    Chief Justice Robert Young of the Michigan Supreme Court released a statement this afternoon discussing how the Rule of Law judicial philosophy compelled his, and his Rule of Law colleagues', decisions regarding the various ballot proposals.  In addition to the Court's opinion itself (authored by Justice Brian Zahra) it is an interesting companion piece.

    In particular, Young concisely and persuasively explains why the Court's decision was proper, even if conservatives may feel some disappointment that proposals that represent bad policy will make it to the ballot this November.  

    Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Rule of Law.

    (1 comment, 631 words in story) Full Story

    Ignoring The Rabbit Trail

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 12:28:24 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, Jane Markey, 2012 vacancy nomination, Bob Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Wayne County Circuit Court, Colleen O'Brien, Oakland County Circuit Court, trust but verify . . . always, "Trucker" Randy Bishop, Scott Greenlee, rabbit trails, red herrings, chasing shadows and smoke, incomplete puzzles, Michigan Freedom To Work, iCaucus Michigan (all tags)

    A favorite political campaign strategy is to keep one's opponent off balance.  Keep them on the defensive, keep them reacting, get them chasing down rabbit trails and responding to red herrings.  Anything at all to have your opponent operating in "reactive mode" instead of "proactive mode."  In a tight race, getting into an opponent's head, or into the head of her campaign team, can throw them off their game, and perhaps enable an easier victory than otherwise would happen (perhaps even snatching victory from the apparent jaws of defeat).

    (4 comments, 2577 words in story) Full Story

    Ballot Access Is A Supreme Concern

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 12:14:52 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Supreme Court, 2012 vacancy nomination, Bob Young, Mary Beth Kelly, Wayne County Circuit Court, Colleen O'Brien, Oakland County Circuit Court, trust but verify . . . always, Colleen Pero, Norm Shinkle, James Waters, Julie Matuzak, Casino Gaming Amendment, International Bridge Initiative, Taxation Amendment, Protect Our Jobs Amendment (all tags)

    The headline on the front page of the Saturday paper was "CHAOS!" in four-inch, boldface, all-caps block type, punctuated by an exclamation point just in case passers-by didn't get the hint.  The article underneath the attention-grabber discussed the previous day's 4-3 ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court in Stand Up For Democracy v Citizens For Fiscal Responsibility, in which Justice Mary Beth Kelly, accomplishing a legal parse worthy of John Roberts, sided with Justices Michael Cavanagh, Marilyn Kelly, and Diane Hathaway and voted to order the Emergency Manager Referendum onto the November 2012 statewide general ballot, and touched off a power struggle involving contradictory claims about the status of municipalities and school districts currently operating under emergency managers.  Also in that same Saturday paper was a statement from Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, a statement from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and an op-ed piece from Stephen Henderson urging a rejection of the repeal (which he followed up on in more detail in his Sunday News & Views column).

    Who says a Friday news dump doesn't get much attention?

    And now, because of the actions of the Board of State Canvassers, we have a situation that may involve another Friday news dump . . . on a weekend when both of this state's major political parties have other things to do.

    (5 comments, 2038 words in story) Full Story

    O'Brien - A Supreme Gamble

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:33:49 AM EST
    Tags: John Roberts, Harriet Miers, George W. Bush, David Souter, John Sununu, George H. W. Bush, Phyllis Schafly, Bob Young, Betty Weaver, Mary Beth Kelly, Wayne County Circuit Court, Colleen O'Brien, Oakland County Circuit Court, Diane Hathaway, trust but verify . . . always (all tags)

    Conservative Republicans, at least those over 25 years old, may remember one of President George W. Bush's biggest political blunders.  Her name was Harriet Miers.

    If you are not yet old enough to run for Congress, well, draw near.  I'll tell you about the tumultuous summer of 2005.  And I'll tell you why that matters to Rule-of-Law Michigan Republicans in 2012.

    (13 comments, 1417 words in story) Full Story

    Justice Young

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 08:38:31 AM EST
    Tags: Public Good, Public Use, Justice, Michigan, Supreme Court, Bob Young (all tags)

    Justice Bob Young.

    Listening to him this morning on the radio reminds me of why I have never been more sure he is the right man for the position he holds.  A Constitutional judge who sees the law as more of a static, not to be bent by whim or "empathy".  He described the president's claim that empathy has a place in the court, as wrong.  He has pointed out he has had to face down 'feelings' in favor of rulings based on the State constitution.

    He also mentioned an issue I have talked about before.  Wayne v Hathcock.  'Public GOOD' v 'Public Use' a case which overturned Poletown, and the empathy argument for 'good'.

    Bob Young A solid constitutional Justice I hope is around for a very long time.

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