Chief Justice Collette Testifies In Nettles-Nickerson Hearing

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Justice William Collette says he avoided contact with Judge Beverley Nettles-Nickerson to protect himself.

"I had been accused of being a racist and having a sexual relationship (with her)," he said. "I was fearful of my situation.

So much so that Justice Collette would only communicate with her through email.

"I made sure everything was documented," he testified. "I would only talk to her when there were other people present.

Collette also testified on the charge that Judge Nettles-Nickerson released a prisoner from jail early in 2003, because he was dating a co-worker and friend.

He added DeShaun Anderson should not have been released due to probation violations.

Nettles Nickerson claims to not have known about the violations. Though her attorney, Philip J. Thomas, claims Collette knew and chose not to tell her.

"It was a trap," he said.

Thomas claims Collette didn't get along with his client and was out to get her. He says Collette withheld information to see her fail.


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  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Oct 24, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    Ms. Nettles-Nickerson seems to be in need of mental health assistance. In view of her authoritative and powerful position, to say that her behavior has been unprofessional is a gross understatement. Ms. Nettles-Nickerson does not belong in any position of authority, and certainly not one funded by taxpayers. She should be removed from the bench immediately, and she should lose her pay, benefits and pension. It should be an honor and privilege to sit on the judicial bench, and a person with the flawed morals, ethics and character of Ms. Nettles-Nickerson clearly does not belong there.
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