MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT ADOPTS NEW RULE ALLOWING ENTIRE COURT TO VOTE TO RECUSE A SUPREME CT. JUSTICE WHO IS BIASED AND REFUSES TO RECUSE HIMSELF
On Nov. 25, the high court, in a 4-3 vote the Michigan Supreme Court changed its rules on when justices should be banned from deciding cases. The old rule was that justices decided for themselves when they should be recused, which is the same way the U.S. Supreme Court does it. The new rule still allows justices to decide for themselves when to step off a case. But if a justice decides not to step down, the entire Supreme Court can second-guess the justice’s decision and kick him or her off the case. The old rule took effect when the justice was in fact biased, but the new rule forces a justice off when he merely appears biased in the eyes of a majority of four other justices.