supreme court en The President and the Chief Justice: An ironic history <p>Of all of the hyper-partisan episodes in the long political career of President Barack Obama, there is one that strikes me as being historically ironic.</p><p>In 2005, the then-junior Senator from Illinois voted against the confirmation of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. as Chief Justice of United States Supreme Court. It turned out to be Justice Roberts whose actions on that court saved President Obama&rsquo;s signature healthcare legislation.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:16:36 +0000 Charles Brown 8228 at The President and the Chief Justice: An ironic history Analyst says economy may trump health care in November <p>Every Thursday we look at Michigan politics with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Ken Sikkema, former senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>In what some are calling a surprising decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Michigan lawmakers were reacting to the decision throughout the day. Governor Snyder said he doesn&rsquo;t like the law but he is going to try to follow it.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:21:48 +0000 Jennifer White, Mercedes Mejia & Zoe Clark 8077 at Analyst says economy may trump health care in November Commentary: The Health Care Decision <p>Last night I was thinking of a moment in American history not that long ago, when a newly elected conservative Republican President had to choose a new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.</p><p>The president was neither a scholar, a lawyer, nor an intellectual, and his choice filled the legal community with dismay. He picked a former governor and failed vice presidential candidate who had never served a day as a judge.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:45:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8069 at Commentary: The Health Care Decision National: Supreme Court limits Wal-Mart discrimination case <p>The Supreme Court blocked a massive lawsuit charging Wal-Mart with sexual discrimination today according to the Associated Press.</p><p>From the <a href="">AP</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the biggest U.S. companies.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:45:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2963 at National: Supreme Court limits Wal-Mart discrimination case Fixing Our Courts <p></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 Fixing Our Courts Michigan funeral protest law in jeopardy <p>Michigan&rsquo;s law barring protesters from funerals might be vulnerable after today&rsquo;s ruling by the <a href="">U.S. Supreme Court</a>.</p><p>The nation&rsquo;s highest court ruled in favor of an anti-gay group that pickets at military funerals.</p><p>Michigan, like dozens of other states, passed a law in 2006 to prevent the protests from disrupting funerals here.</p><p>At the time, the states were trying to prevent a fundamentalist Christian Church from Kansas from picketing military funerals.</p><p>The pickets were not opposing the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, but against gay rights.</p><p>The <a href="">ACLU</a> challenged Michigan&rsquo;s law after a couple attending a family friend&rsquo;s funeral was arrested for having anti-George W. Bush signs on their car.</p><p>Dan Korobkin, with the ACLU, says the new court ruling may be enough to tip the balance in their challenge to Michigan&rsquo;s law:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Laws that are created to stifle unpopular speech, which is what the law in Michigan was created to do, always end up backfiring and punishing innocent people.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Korobkin says they hope to hear soon from the federal judge considering their challenge to the state law, &quot;the federal judge who is overseeing that case has already indicated that it is probably unconstitutional, but he hasn&rsquo;t taken the final step of striking it down,&quot; said Korobkin. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:38:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 1480 at Michigan funeral protest law in jeopardy Supreme Court rules in favor of Westboro funeral protestors <p>In &quot;<a href="">Snyder v. Phelps</a>,&quot; the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.</p><p>The Church got attention by picketing military funerals holding signs that read:</p><ul><li>&quot;God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11&quot;</li><li>&quot;America is Doomed&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Pray for the USA&quot;</li><li>&ldquo;Thank God for IEDs&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;Thank God for Dead Soldiers&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;Pope in Hell&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;Priests Rape Boys&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;God Hates Fags&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re Going to Hell&rdquo;</li><li>and last, but not least... &ldquo;God Hates You.&rdquo;</li></ul><p>From the <a href="">Wall Street Journal</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects a fringe religious group that protested at the funeral of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq.</p><p>The court, on an 8-1 vote, ruled that the soldier&#39;s father couldn&#39;t sue Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., for celebrating his son&#39;s death with vulgar funeral pickets and an online attack.</p><p>The case was a test of how far the First Amendment goes in protecting offensive speech. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:07:14 +0000 Mark Brush 1476 at Supreme Court rules in favor of Westboro funeral protestors Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice today <p><a href="">Governor Rick Snyder</a> will name a new state <a href="">Supreme Court Justice</a> today at a morning news conference.</p><p>Snyder will be appointing a replacement for current <a href="">Justice Maura Corrigan</a>.&nbsp; Snyder <a href="">named Corrigan</a> to head the state <a href="">Department of Human Services</a> last week. Corrigan will <a href="">step down from the court on Friday</a> to begin her new job.</p><p>There's been no word yet on who will replace her, but the Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Appeals Court Judge Jane Markey of Grand Rapids wants Snyder to name her to the court because she'd bring a west Michigan perspective. The 59-year-old sent out an unusual release late Saturday asking for the appointment and noting that the court hasn't had a justice from Grand Rapids since 1946. Appeals Court Judge Brian Zahra of Northville may be higher on Snyder's list. He turned 51 Sunday and ran unsuccessfully for the high court in 2004. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:34:12 +0000 Zoe Clark 805 at Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice today Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice by Jan. 14th <p><a href="">Governor Rick Snyder</a> says he'll name a new justice to the state Supreme Court by January 14th.&nbsp; Whomever he picks will replace state <a href="">Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan</a>.&nbsp; Snyder <a href="">announced yesterday</a> that he is appointing Justice Corrigan to head the state <a href="">Department of Human Services</a>.</p><p>Corrigan is one of four Republican justices on the seven-member state Supreme Court.&nbsp; She has served on the court since 1999.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta sent this report detailing the announcement of Corrigan's new job:</p><p>Corrigan says serving on the court is a “dream job.” But she says she could not resist the chance to work on improving services for children and others in need.</p><blockquote><p>We must leave no one behind. That includes the most-vulnerable among us – children who are abused and neglected, the poor, the disaffected.</p></blockquote><p>One of Corrigan’s first jobs will be to bring Michigan into compliance with a court order that settles a lawsuit against the state’s foster care system. Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:43:08 +0000 Zoe Clark 786 at Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice by Jan. 14th Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan to head DHS <p><a href="">Governor Rick Snyder</a> will name <a href="">Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan</a> as head of the state <a href="">Department of Human Services</a> today. The appointment will open a vacancy on the <a href="">state Supreme Court</a> for the new governor to fill.</p><p>The Associated Press <a href=",0,120999.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>It's not immediately clear how quickly Snyder will replace Corrigan on the court. Corrigan was part of the court's new 4-3 conservative majority... The department has been under pressure in recent years as more Michigan residents hurt by the recession seek public assistance. The department is under a 2008 consent decree to improve the state's foster care system but received poor marks in the latest report.</p></blockquote><p>The Detroit Free Press<a href=""> reports</a>:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Corrigan reportedly is eager to lead the DHS because of her long involvement in child protection issues, such as foster care and abuse prevention, said those close to the decision.</div></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Corrigan has served on Michigan's highest court since 1999. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:18:21 +0000 Zoe Clark 772 at Michigan Supreme Court to pick new Chief Justice <p><strong>UPDATE 10:39 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio's Lansing Bureau Chief just filed this breaking news report:</p><blockquote><p>Justice Robert Young has been selected as the new chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Young was chosen by his fellow justices in a closed-door vote. The decision reflects the change in control of the court from Democrats to Republicans in the last election.</p></blockquote><p><strong>9:17 a.m.:</strong></p><p>The <a href="">seven justices</a> of the<a href=""> Michigan Supreme Court</a> will meet today to select a new chief justice. After this past November's election, Republicans are in the majority of the court with four members; three justices are Democrats.</p><p><a href="">Justice Robert Young Junior</a> was re-elected to an eight year term in 2010.&nbsp; He said yesterday that he has four votes to become the next Chief Justice. Young, who has been on the Michigan Supreme Court since 1999, is a Republican from the Detroit-area. The current Chief Justice is <a href="">Marilyn Kelly</a>, a Democrat.&nbsp;</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="">reports</a>:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The court's membership will change soon. <a href="">Justice Maura Corrigan</a> is expected to resign to lead the Department of Human Services under the new governor, Rick Snyder.</p></blockquote><p>No such announcement from the Snyder administration has been made yet publicly. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:17:42 +0000 Zoe Clark 753 at Michigan Supreme Court to pick new Chief Justice Supreme Court Gives You the Right to Sue the State <p>The Michigan Supreme Court says anyone can sue the state if they believe it's acting in a way that harms the environment.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra talked with Nick Schroeck</a> with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center to find out what this decision means. He says if a company wants to do something like discharge treated wastewater into a creek or a river, for example, it needs a permit from the state to do so:</p><blockquote><p>“The way our environmental law works, you have to have a permit to pollute, as it were. That means that the state regulates the amount of pollution that’s allowed into the waters of the state.”</p></blockquote><blockquote><p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:11:57 +0000 Rebecca Williams 737 at Supreme Court Gives You the Right to Sue the State Lessenberry: the week in state politics <p><strong><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Censure from Michigan's Supreme Court</span></strong></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:04:21 +0000 Zoe Clark 373 at Lessenberry: the week in state politics Supreme Court goes to Republicans <p><a href="http://Incumbent Justice Robert Young and Mary Beth Kelly rode a Republican floodtide to victory today in a bitterly contested Michigan Supreme Court slugfest. Read more: Mich. Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:06:25 +0000 Mark Brush 240 at Supreme Court goes to Republicans