Friday, January 9, 2009

A New Era Begins on Michigan Supreme Court

It is now official. Justice Diane Hathaway was sworn in yesterday, making the Michigan Supreme Court split three-three-one, with a slight favor toward the three democrats, as I've mentioned before. And somewhat predictably, the new Chief Justice is Marilyn Kelly, a Democrat, the first in a long time. (Here is the official press release).

I'm so excited about this. This is a major change in Michigan, one that will probably start having immediate effect as the new court starts to hear cases this year. The "gang of four" ruled the court with an arrogance that was extraordinary, even for judges. It was disgusting. They particularly did not like Kelly, so this first action for the new court is like a stick in their eye. I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoy it in that respect as well. They certainly deserve it.

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