Michigan State Bar http://michiganradio.org en State Bar asks for reversal of disclosure rule http://michiganradio.org/post/state-bar-asks-reversal-disclosure-rule <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The State Bar of Michigan says it’s time to end anonymous campaign spending in elections for judges and Supreme Court justices.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The State Bar is asking Michigan’s top elections official to require committees that pay for so-called “issue ads” to reveal their donors. That would require Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to reverse a 2004 rule issued by her predecessor that says the independent committees can keep their donors secret.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Bruce Cortade is the president of the State Bar of Michigan. He says anonymous campaign spending undermines confidence in the legal system, and it's growing more common.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:14:39 +0000 Rick Pluta 14411 at http://michiganradio.org State Bar asks for reversal of disclosure rule Bill to reform Michigan's public defender system comes before Senate panel http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-reform-michigans-public-defender-system-comes-senate-panel <p>A Senate panel has begun hearing arguments on a bill to fix the way Michigan counties provide defense attorneys to the poor.</p><p>The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s still skeptical about the legislation.</p><p>Senator Rick Jones says it’s clear a handful of counties are having problems appointing competent public defenders. But he says he still doesn’t see it as a statewide issue that requires sweeping changes.</p><p>Nancy Diehl is the former president of the State Bar of Michigan, which supports the bill.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:58:48 +0000 Jake Neher 9435 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to reform Michigan's public defender system comes before Senate panel