Michigan Supreme Court Justice to Step Down

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver said Thursday she will resign from the court in October. Weaver is one of five Republican nominees on the seven-member court.

Weaver, 63, said Supreme Court justices can serve too long, for repeated eight-year terms until the age of 70.

"Thus, I intend to put my money where my mouth is and step down in October 2005 after over 10 years on the Supreme Court," she said in a written statement.

Though a Republican nominee, it has not been uncommon for Weaver to join the court's two Democratic nominees in 4-3 rulings.

"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve Michigan as a common sense, independent, and self-disciplined judicial thinker," she said. "I am a judge who is a Republican, not a Republican who is a judge."