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Michigan CJ

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In Michigan, the CJ is elected by the justices themselves.  Leonard Fleming reports for the Detroit News, "The next chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court could be deeply conservative Justice Robert P. Young Jr., who promises to bring harmony to the panel even though he is excoriated by liberals."

Among those unhappy with this prospect is defense lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, best known for his representation of Jack Kevorkian.  Mr. Fieger "called Young a 'black snake' in a radio ad before last month's election...."  Calling a left-leaning black judge a "black snake" would, of course, be blatant racism resulting in the attorney doing so being ostracized if not disbarred, but Fieger's use of that term is okay because Young is conservative.

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