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Supreme Court justice urges judges to cool their rhetoric

May 24, 2018

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack said Thursday that judges should drop rhetoric that "would validly call into question judicial impartiality," The Associated Press reported.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack.
Credit Bridget Mary McCormack for Justice

She says it's important these days, especially "when our norms of public discourse appear under stress.”

According to AP, McCormack was referring to a Jackson County case involving a man who broke into the home of a police officer and trashed it, even breaking a 100-gallon aquarium.

Judge John McBain said he wished the officer would have returned home in time. The judge told Christopher Mitchell, "You might be getting buried in some cemetery."

McBain has made headlines for using strong language in his courtroom before.

In April 2014, MLive reported McBain threatened to cover the mouth of a convicted killer with duct tape and said he hoped she died in prison after she mocked her victim's family members.

“If this was a death penalty state, you’d be getting the chair,” he said.

McBain isn’t the only judge with a sharp tongue. Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said she would allow someone to assault former sports doctor Larry Nassar if the U.S. Constitution allowed cruel punishment.

She made the remarks at Nassar’s sentencing in January.