The Detroit News recently endorsed #BrockTheCourt for the Michigan Supreme Court. After listening to some of the rhetoric surrounding the Court’s recent decision involving the EMA and EPGA, I wrote a letter to the editor that was published on October 6th:
The response to the Michigan Supreme Court’s recent decision involving the Emergency Management Act of 1976 and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 has been sadly predictable. Much partisan heat, scant legal light.
Briefly, all seven justices agreed that the governor had violated the EMA, and four justices agreed that the Legislature in 1945 had given too much of its authority away in the EPGA. I will not defend or attack the various opinions here, that is for another day. In fact, I encourage you to ignore the political pundits and read all of the opinions for yourself, they are well-written and offer excellent civics lessons.
Here, I simply want to defend the judiciary. In response to an attack by the president awhile ago, it was right for the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court to say, “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.”
Similarly, it is right to say in response to recent attacks on both the four-justice majority and three-justice dissent of our state Supreme Court (as well as attacks on other state judges): “We do not have Snyder judges or Whitmer judges, Granholm judges or Engler judges, Republican judges or Democrat judges. We simply have judges who do their level best to apply the facts to the law.” Full stop.
I ask that my fellow candidates for the Supreme Court publicly join me in this defense of our judiciary.
It is time that we attack ideas and defend people, rather than attack people.
With respect to your vote this November for the Michigan Supreme Court, if you want a partisan to sit on the Court, then you should look elsewhere, I am not your candidate.
If you want a judge who has a record of setting aside personal partisan beliefs and instead applying the law to the facts of a case, objectively and fairly—a Rule of Law Judge—then I ask that you take a look at my record.