Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my views. The highest Court of our state is comprised of a majority of judges who respect the limits of the “judicial power” and who understand that the “judicial power” is the power to say what the law “is” and not what the law “ought” to be. Determining what the law “ought” to be, as we have each learned in our middle-school and high-school civics classes, is responsibility of the people who we have elected to the legislative branch of government and who exercise the “legislative power.”
The Michigan Supreme Court is comprised of a majority of judges, including myself, who believe in this traditional constitutional principle. The great issue in this years judicial campaign is whether we will preserve the rule of law majority.
During my time, I have been a leader on your Supreme Court in having accomlished the following:
- Restored a strong and effective criminal justice system to our state.
- Respected legislative reforms enacted by the people’s elected representatives in a wide range of areas, such as criminal justice reform, lawsuit reform, no-fault reform, tort reform, and medical malpractice reform.
- Respected the constitutional right of the people to enact laws through the initiative process, and has upheld those laws.
- Substantially reduced the amount of frivolous and costly litigation in our state.
- Restored a greater stability and predictability to our justice system by interpreting the laws of our state in accordance with their language and reasonable meaning, rather than in accordance with the personal preferences of the judges.
- Maintained and strengthened the common law by firmly grounding this law in traditional notions of individual accountability and personal responsibility.
- Pursued the “equal rule of law” in which all parties would be treated equally and respectfully, there would be no partisan justice or judicial ‘constituencies,’ there would be no ‘thumbs on the scales’ of justice because of a judge’s personal empathies or sympathies, and the outcome of a decision would be influenced only by the commands of the law.
- Conducted the people’s judicial business diligently, honestly and responsibly.
- Made the judicial process more transparent by opening up our administrative proceedings to the public and by regularly holding arguments in different communities throughout Michigan.
It has been an honor to serve you on the Michigan Supreme Court for the past 13 years. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to meeting you.
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