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Gov. Snyder names Eric Blubaugh to 91st District Court

Gov. Rick Snyder Monday announced the appointment of Eric Blubaugh to the 91st District Court.

“Eric Blubuagh has a wide variety of legal experience and community involvement in Chippewa County,” Snyder said. “I’m confident he will continue to be an asset to both the court and the community.”

Blubaugh, of Sault Sainte Marie, currently serves as Magistrate for the 91st District Court and Juvenile Referee/Officer for the Chippewa County Family Court, handling child welfare, juvenile law and probate matters. Prior to his position with the Chippewa County courts, he held positions as Chief Prosecutor for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. From 2001 to 2008, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Chippewa County. Blubaugh has been an adjunct professor at Lake Superior State University since 2001.

Blubaugh is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Chippewa County Bar Association. He is an advisory board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills and Families Against Narcotics (Chippewa County). He is also a team member of Trauma Leadership Team for Chippewa County. Blubaugh earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1989, his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law in 1994, and a Master of Law Degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.

Blubaugh fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Elizabeth Church.  He must seek election in 2018 for the balance of Judge Church’s term.


Sister Act: Appeal rejected in defamation case against nun

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court won’t intervene in a dispute between a Roman Catholic nun and a member of a Detroit-area church, perhaps leaving it to a higher authority.

A member of St. Hugo of the Hills Church in Bloomfield Hills sued a nun in 2014. He said she had defamed him by telling a priest that he had jabbed a finger in her chest. There was a confrontation when the man learned he wouldn’t be a lector at Mass.

In December, the Michigan appeals court said that the nun suggested the man had committed a misdemeanor. But the court said it didn’t rise to defamation.

The Supreme Court rejected the man’s appeal Friday. Chief Justice Stephen Markman believes the nun probably wasn’t speaking literally about a poke in the chest.