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 Constitution Day: New York Times Supreme Court correspondent talks Roberts Court

Drawing from his experience as U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, Adam Liptak will share his unique perspective on the Roberts Court as the featured speaker at this year's University of Michigan Constitution Day celebration.

The event—”The Roberts Court and the Constitution: A Reporter's Reflections”—will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in South Hall room 1225 at Michigan Law.
 
Joining The Times's news staff in 2002, Liptak began covering the Supreme Court in the fall of 2008 and has written a column, "Sidebar," on developments in the law, since 2007.

The University community and the general public are welcome to attend the talk, which will begin with an introduction by Richard Friedman?, the Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law and an expert on evidence and U.S. Supreme Court history. Refreshments will be provided immediately following the event in the Jeffries Lounge, located on the main floor of South Hall.

Constitution Day is celebrated each year on Sept. 17—a date that marks the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution—and recognizes all who, by way of birth or naturalization, have become American citizens. Michigan
Law hosts the University's celebratory program each year.
 

Commission petitions for judge suspension 

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission wants the state to remove a district judge for what it says are “psychotic delusions” and judicial misconduct.
 
The Detroit News reports the commission filed a petition Tuesday and released the contents Wednesday asking the Michigan Supreme Court to remove 36th District Judge Brenda Sanders from the bench. It calls for suspension without pay pending disciplinary hearings.

The commission of judges and lawyers cites a psychiatrist who says Sanders has paranoid delusions that prevent her from doing her job.

Sanders’ attorney, Brian Einhorn, disputes the complaint and says she should stay on the bench. He says the doctor evaluated Sanders without meeting or examining her.

Sanders has been on medical and administrative leave since October. She was elected to a six-year term that started in January 2009.
 

Judge dismisses white police officer’s discrimination suit 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer who said he was passed over for special assignments and promotion because he is white.
 
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports there was little doubt that David Moran, who was with the department since 2006, had the qualifications for the job. Circuit Judge Pamela L. Lightvoet, however, ruled that race didn't play a role when he wasn't promoted.

His lawsuit blamed “deliberate attempts to tilt the playing field in favor of minority candidates at the expense of well-qualified and experienced white officers.”