Gavel Grab

Michigan Governor Announces New Court Appointee

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced on Wednesday his appointment of David Viviano, chief judge of the Macomb County Circuit Court, to sit on the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Snyder chose Judge Viviano to fill the opening created when Justice Diane Hathaway retired in January, shortly before she pleaded guilty to bank fraud.

“His deep respect for the judicial branch of government and his commitment to the rule of law will serve Michigan well. I have every confidence that he will be a compassionate, principled justice,” Snyder said.

Snyder had been urged by Justice at Stake (see Gavel Grab) and others to adopt a judicial selection task force recommendation and set up a judicial nominating commission to help him fill the vacancy. He did not follow that recommendation.

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