judges http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Supreme Court justice charged with fraud http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-justice-charged-fraud <p>Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has been charged with bank fraud just a few days before quitting the state's highest court. The charge was filed Friday and titled as a criminal "information," which means a guilty plea is expected in federal court.</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:27:04 +0000 Associated Press 10852 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court justice charged with fraud Commentary: How to vote for judges http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-how-vote-judges <p>You probably haven’t thought much about this, but in addition to the candidates for President and Congress and everything else this&nbsp; November, there are dozens who want to be elected judges.</p><p>Judicial races are usually more boring than other contests, because judges ethically can’t talk about how they might rule in hypothetical cases, though everyone frequently tries to figure that out. Nor do they normally criticize how past cases were decided.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:57:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9086 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: How to vote for judges Michigan State Supreme Court in favor of eliminating judges http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-supreme-court-favor-eliminating-judges <p>Michigan&rsquo;s top judicial official said the state has too many judges, and some of their positions should be eliminated. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young has presented a plan to do that to the state House Judiciary Committee.</p><p>Chief Justice Young said a Supreme Court study found there are courts with workloads that no longer justify the number of judges they have. The report recommends eliminating 45 positions over several years.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Some judges don&rsquo;t agree with the proposed cuts. But, most have accepted the reality that courts are too expensive and have too many judges. It may not be something all members of the judiciary relish, but I think most of us recognize it&rsquo;s necessary,&quot;</em> said Young.</p><p>&nbsp;Young said Michigan taxpayers are paying more than they should be. He said he wants to make cuts in ways that won&rsquo;t compromise the integrity of the judicial system and assurances that people are getting fair trials.</p><p><span style="font-size:14.0pt">State Representative John Walsh (R-Livonia) chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He said the Legislature appears ready to act on the recommendations, even though eliminating local elected positions can be politically difficult. </span></p><p><em>&nbsp;&quot;I would say in general this is an unprecedented accomplishment to have this degree of support. We have all seven justices of the Supreme Court who have unanimously endorsed this, all of the judicial associations and the state bar,&quot;</em> said Walsh.</p><p>Walsh said the committee expects to hold four more hearings on the topic. He expects a vote by the committee around Thanksgiving.</p><p><em>- Chelsea Hagger - Michigan Public Radio Network</em> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 01:24:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4657 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Supreme Court in favor of eliminating judges Should there be fewer judges in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-there-be-fewer-judges-michigan <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Does Michigan need fewer judges? The chief justice of the state supreme court thinks so, and so does the governor.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:22:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3807 at http://michiganradio.org Should there be fewer judges in Michigan? Fixing Our Courts http://michiganradio.org/post/fixing-our-courts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-973504.mp3</p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">How much do you know about Michigan&rsquo;s Supreme Court, and how someone gets to become a justice?</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:49:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2895 at http://michiganradio.org Fixing Our Courts