Here’s how it’s billed:
The late Elizabeth A. Weaver, retired Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, was a force for transparency and order. It didn’t exactly meet her expectations when she was elected to Michigan’s highest court. With the appointments and rigging of who was to join her on the bench by John Engler, then Michigan’s Governor, things got downright murky and chaotic. That set the environment for what was to become one of the most contentious periods in the history of the court. The goal of the majority while she served and even after was to silence her. It didn’t work.
I plan to show some of our 2007 film, Conflict at the Court, and to illustrate ways that the high court still fails us. Frankly, these days in the name of unanimous harmony, we don’t know what’s going on behind closed and open doors; nobody is saying anything.
As a for-instance, when they bounced Judicial Tenure Commission Executive Director Paul Fischer late last year they didn’t give a reason.