Michigan Justices Rebuke Former Member

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Five members of the Michigan Supreme Court have rebuked a former justice who secretly recorded and released internal court discussions.

The Nov. 17 letter to Elizabeth Weaver says, "It is truly a sad day when this Court is forced to censure a former colleague."

During the recent election season, Weaver disclosed that she had secretly recorded her fellow justices in 2006 while discussing cases during a conference call. In October, she released a transcript to reveal that Justice Robert Young Jr. had used the N-word.

Weaver and Young were foes on the court. Young, who is black, acknowledged using the racial slur but said he was simply quoting a disgraced former Detroit-area judge.

Weaver quit the court in August. A message seeking comment was left for her Monday.

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