Michigan saw that happen during the previous “Gang of Four” era. These four Engler appointees not only took control of the Court, but they caused so many lawyers and judges to lose faith in our civil justice system. As Justice Stevens observed in his dissent in the Citizens United case: “A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” Citizens United v. FEC, 130 S. Ct. 876, 954 (2010) (Stevens, J., dissenting). The way our highest Court ruled consistently against individual citizens and for the insurance industry, dismantling entire areas of consumer protection and personal injury law in its wake was and remains shocking.
I’ve written previously about my own recommendations for the Michigan Supreme Court. This year the candidates will be part of the election on Nov. 6, 2012.
No matter your political ideology, no matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent, it is important to know two things:
In my previous blog, I gave some basic information about Judge Connie Marie Kelley, Judge Shelia Johnson and Bridget Mary McCormack. Today, I’d like to address some common questions about these justices:
The Republican majority of our Michigan Supreme Court has sided with insurance companies — and against consumers, including seriously injured auto accident victims — 100% of the time.
Take a look:
As the video says, our current Justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra have sided with insurance companies over people 100 percent of the time under Michigan’s No-Fault law. And Republican candidate and former insurance industry lawyer Colleen O’Brien isn’t any better. She actually worked to deny benefits to a cancer patient.
Our clients and friends are always asking us what judges to vote for come election time. I will be writing another blog shortly on all the judicial candidates that I endorse, but today I want to start with the Michigan Supreme Court. These are, after governor, the most powerful seven elected officials in the state. This November, three of them are up for re-election.
So, who is best qualified to receive your vote? The short answer is: Judge Connie Marie Kelley, Judge Shelia Johnson and Bridget Mary McCormack.
Here’s a clever and funny campaign video featuring the cast of the West Wing, reuniting to teach Michigan voters how to fill out the ballot on Nov. 6, and addressing the importance of the Michigan Supreme Court election.
Walk and Talk the Vote – West Wing reunion – Bridget Mary McCormack
When most people vote on Nov. 6, they’ve already made up their minds for president. But judges and the Supreme Court are a different matter.
Shouldn’t Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. be the anti-Tea Party candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court this November? Then how ironic that Justice Robert Young is now attempting to portray himself as standing for the principles of the Tea Party movement before the upcoming election.
If they only knew about the real Justice Young.
There’s a lot I liked about the original Tea Party. Not the one that has lately been kidnapped by Karl Rove, Roger Ailes, and the corporate establishment, but the original grass roots movement. Chief among those admirable qualities was that the tea party seeks to represent ordinary Americans in a world where both political parties seem kidnapped by special interests.
For nearly 30 years, Michigan courts have considered the rates charged by commercial care giving agencies when determining what constitutes a “reasonable charge” for family-provided attendant care services.
But, now, the Michigan Supreme Court’s activist Republican majority insists the logic behind the rule is all wrong.
Except when it’s not. Confused? So are hundreds of victims, families and lawyers who handle attendant care No-Fault claims in Michigan.
The movie “the Godfather” ends with Michael Corleone taking revenge and wiping out all of the Corleone family enemies. If you’re a Michigan lawyer or judge, you could be forgiven for wondering if the past two weeks have seen the equivalent of the Michigan Supreme Court’s version of this movie classic.
The four Republican justices on the Michigan Supreme Court have released a series of landmark decisions that will have devastating results on thousands of Michigan citizens injured in car accidents and slip and fall cases.
Here’s the truth about the Michigan Supreme Court’s “Freedom of Contract” myth: it allows Michigan auto insurance companies the “freedom” to make and live by their own rules, and hundreds of innocent and injured people are being harmed as a result. It is extremely flawed public policy created by activist Republican justices aimed to help insurance companies. Once again, Michigan goes its own way while the entire nation goes the other. There is a cost for this “freedom,” borne exclusively by Michigan drivers and seriously injured auto accident victims. But at least the auto insurance companies are happy.
Last week, Carol Lundberg from Michigan Lawyers Weekly tackled a serious issue that is bordering on epidemic as of late: attorneys soliciting by mail, and increasingly by phone through proxy, of auto accident victims.