LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court will be meeting in private to select a chief justice after the fall election put Republicans back in the majority.
Justice Robert Young Jr. has publicly said he has four votes Wednesday to become chief justice of the seven-member court, replacing Marilyn Kelly.
Kelly now is one of three Democrats in the court's minority.
The 59-year-old Young was re-elected in November to an eight-year term. He is a conservative Republican from the Detroit area who was appointed to the court in 1999.
The court's membership will change soon. Justice Maura Corrigan is expected to resign to lead the Department of Human Services under the new governor, Rick Snyder.