[nfbmi-talk] Blind Judge Making History On Michigan's Top Court

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 28 21:04:46 UTC 2014

Now, if only there were an entity to put disability law non-compliance to
the test in the judiciary, and see where the Justices really stand on
enforcement of law.

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Blind Judge Making History On Michigan's Top Court
 By Kevin VanderkolkPublished: December 28, 2014, 6:25 am

DETROIT (AP) - Richard Bernstein has been preparing for weeks to become
Michigan's newest Supreme Court justice, even if he doesn't take office
until Thursday.
Since winning election in November, the 41-year-old Bernstein, who is blind,
has been listening to an assistant who reads legal briefs aloud.
Bernstein then memorizes the key points in cases that will be argued Jan.
Bernstein says it would be easier to read and write like everyone else, but
that's not how he was born. Michigan has never had a blind judge on its
highest court. Few other states have, either.
Justice Bridget McCormack says Bernstein's background is different than
anyone else's on the high court. She says there's a lot that her fellow
justices can learn from him, especially in disability law.
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