Michigan Supreme Court

Guest column: Dunes decision troubling for all

By Alison Swan A quirk in Michigan case law makes it possible for a land speculator with deep pockets to force a change in local zoning rules that forever squelches any meaningful public participation. And it nullifies — again forever — local ordinances. […]

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‘No fault’ and Lansing’s fault

For a quick and thorough review of what the issues are in the push to change Michigan’s no-fault/unlimited medical coverage system for catastrophic injuries in auto accidents, check out Pat Shellenbarger’s piece last week in Bridge. Pat made two points that have […]

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Deja vu: Biz tax cuts head agenda in Lansing

“At the end of the day, we’ll be a stronger, more vibrant state,” Gov. Rick Snyder asserted a year ago in his first State of the State speech that offered the first outlines of his 2011 legislative agenda. But he didn’t say […]

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Land O Links

“The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government” – Sam Houston, Texan revolutionary. A task force looking for ways to improve how the state selects its Supreme Court […]

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Land O Links

“We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine” – H. L. Mencken, 20th century American newspaperman. * Publius, a nonprofit in Michigan dedicated to promoting civic participation, put together a short video clip that explains […]

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Court elections put big money in charge

When I think about the Michigan Supreme Court, I have to sadly conclude it represents the very best justice that partisan money can buy. That’s a scandal and a disgrace. Four years ago, the University of Chicago Law School ranked  all the […]

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Guest column: Elites are trying to wrest control of courts from the voters

By Dan Pero/American Justice Partnership The recent recommendations of Michigan’s Judicial Selection Task Force have been widely hailed by legal elites, prominent newspaper editorial boards and others. Yet the proposed changes would do little to reduce the influence of money or politics […]

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Democrats commit foul with Penn St./Supreme Court link, Truth Squad rules

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Extreme Supreme Court Endangers Our Children” Who: Michigan Democratic Party What: Internet ad Truth Squad call: Foul Questionable statement: “The Penn State scandal was a tragedy that didn’t have to happen. Lives were destroyed because top university officials […]

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Flagrant foul called on Democratic attack in Supreme Court race

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Streak” and “Lily” Who: Michigan Democratic Party What: Web/TV ads Truth Squad call: Flagrant Foul Questionable statement: “After my daughter, Lily, was killed at the hands of a child abuser, I vowed to spend my life protecting children. […]

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Touting of GOP justices by chamber gets ‘no foul’ from Truth Squad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Real Cases” and “Tough Judges” Who: Michigan Chamber of Commerce What: Radio ads Truth Squad call: No foul The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Republican state Supreme Court justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra and Republican candidate […]

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Michigan’s ‘supreme’ election is a scandal

Markman, O’Brien, Zahra, McCormack, Johnson and Kelley could be a law firm for all voters know about them, instead of the six party-nominated candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court on the non-partisan section of the Nov. 6 ballot. As a result, too […]

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Truth Squad calls flagrant foul on terrorism charge in court campaign

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Kid Gloves“, “Justice Denied” and “How Could You?” Who: Michigan Republican Party, Judicial Crisis Network What: TV/Internet ads Truth Squad call: Flagrant foul Although nominally nonpartisan, the Michigan Supreme Court races can be as nasty as any other, […]

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RTW law and referendum just won’t mix

Michigan is one of 24 states where the public can pass judgment on the work of their elected representatives via the power of referendum. But just as Superman’s foes found kryptonite could neutralize him, Michigan legislators have found their way to neutralize […]

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Supreme Court vacancy gives Snyder chance to combat big money’s influence

It’s rare for a governor to have the power in his own hands to remedy a problem that’s been embarrassing his state since the present state constitution was adopted, half a century ago. But with Justice Diane Hathaway’s retirement next week from […]

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