So, today I heard that the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan was putting out advertisements claiming that Michigan’s Supreme Court is rated worst in the nation, citing a “study by the University of Chicago Law School.” The PWA, as well as Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly, has come out in opposition to Chief Justice Cliff Taylor, who is up for reelection this year (against Diane Hathaway and Robert Roddis), placing much of the blame on that rating on him.
But there’s two major problems with doing that:
- This is a working paper that is still under review – that means it hasn’t even made it to the peer review stage yet (if we’re going to be stating working papers as facts, then engineers have a “mindset” that is common with radical Islam and other religious extremists).
- This study is terribly out of date. Although it was released in 2008, it looks back on the Court from 1998-2000. At that point, Justices Robert Young, Jr. and Stephen Markman weren’t on the bench. James Brickley and Patricia Boyle were both on the bench during part of that time. The Chief Justices during that period were Elizabeth Weaver and Conrad Mallet, Jr. (both liberals) (sorry – I thought I changed that, but apparently I forgot to. Weaver was considered a Republican, but later began becoming more and more liberal and now would be described as a moderate with liberal leanings. Mallet was a liberal. Thanks to Independent for Hathaway for pointing out my mistake.). Taylor didn’t even become Chief Justice until 2005! So how PWA and Kelly can blame Taylor is beyond me. The court hardly had the same makeup back then as it does now, and this DEFINITELY cannot be blamed on Justice Taylor, because he wasn’t Chief Justice back then!
This is just another example of lies from liberals in Michigan. It is CRUCIAL that we reelect Cliff Taylor so that we can continue to have the great Supreme Court that we have now.