A Democratic progressive caucus on Tuesday evening said it was denouncing Justice Richard Bernstein for his attacks on fellow Democrat and newly appointed Justice Kyra Harris Bolden, whom Mr. Bernstein lambasted over her hiring of a clerk with criminal history but has since turned his life around.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein on Monday evening issued an apology to Justice Kyra Harris Bolden after he publicly and harshly criticized her hiring of an individual who spent more than a decade in prison for an attempted robbery as her clerk.
With the weight of history on her shoulders and her own expectations to be the best jurist she possibly can be, Supreme Court Justice Kyra Harris Bolden, a day after a fellow justice publicly and harshly criticized her, said she won't try to be anything other than herself as she adapts to her new role.
A public intra-party fight arose Thursday after it was reported that newly-appointed Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kyra Harris Bolden hired an ex-convict – who served a prison sentence, was released and later worked for the State Appellate Defender Office – as a clerk.
A report released just ahead of the new year from the Michigan Jail Reform Advisory Task Force contains several recommendations for jail and court stakeholders, with the topline recommendation lobbying for a unified data and case management system for courts and jails.