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

Pauline Smith zim1993 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 28 22:44:06 UTC 2014

Maybe, this is quite a bit of (??) taking on my part but when Bernstein mentioned that he doesn't read and write like everyone else there is some truth to that. However if he was a Brail user. He could at least read and write. Maybe not the same way that everybody else that is visually but he is able to read and write and he wouldn't have to depend on an assistant to do everything as I said maybe this is too much (??) taking on my end but at the Brielle teacher and a lifelong user and advocate for Brielle. This got my hackles up.

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> From: Mark Eagle via nfbmi-talk <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org> 
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> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Blind Judge Making History On Michigan?s Top Court
> 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. 13.
> 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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