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Why Michigan Supreme Court candidates Kelley, Johnson and McCormack are a better choice

October 25, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

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:

  1. Our current Michigan Supreme Court is broken; and
  2. It’s important to get out there and vote!

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:

1. Will the candidates stand with ordinary Michiganders and protect accident victims who are injured and entitled to insurance benefits they paid for under the No-Fault law?

Kelley/Johnson/McCormack: YES (Legal News Line 9/11/12)

Markman/Zahra/O’Brien: NO (MLive 7/31/12)

2. Will the candidates make sure companies protect employees against sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace?

Kelley/Johnson/McCormack: YES (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun 10/3/12)

Markman/Zahra/O’Brien: NO (Brown v. Brown (2007)

3. Will the candidates stand up to special interests like insurance companies, and stand with children and families?

Kelley/Johnson/McCormack: YES (Detroit News 9/19/12)

Markman/Zahra/O’Brien: NO (Holland Sentinel 9/13/12)

For more detailed information, you can visit the candidates’ websites:

Judge Connie Marie Kelley
Judge Shelia Johnson
Bridget Mary McCormack

A few notes about the current Michigan Supreme Court, which is ruled by a  judicially activist pro-insurance company majority that has handed down some pretty ugly   decisions on behalf of people injured in automobile accidents, people who have been sexually assaulted, to the disabled and to families.

The Court has ruled against patients and for auto insurers 100% of the time under the No-Fault law. The Court has, also, consistently ruled in favor of their campaign contributors like insurance companies and bridge billionaire, Matty Maroun.  And, the Court has found that companies have no duty to protect employees against sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, even when they know there is a risk.

These decisions are an example of just how ugly campaign contribution money can be and why we need to change now how we elect our judges in Michigan.

The most important thing to remember about Kelley, Johnson and McCormack is that they are a better choice  — and they refuse to cave in to special interests and to the insurance companies.

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