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Fri January 1, 2010
MI Supreme Ct: Direction reverses, divide remains
The Michigan Supreme Court is a new place since 2009, when a Democrat who defeated a Republican incumbent set in motion a series of rulings favoring injured people with damage claims and tightening judicial ethics.
One thing that hasn't changed is a bitter ideological split that has led to sharp attacks, ridicule and mockery by justices against their colleagues.
Conservative forces that dominated the court for a decade lost their 4-3 majority after the November 2008 election.
That's when Democrat Diane Hathaway beat Republican Chief Justice Clifford Taylor.
The GOP still has a 4-3 majority, but Elizabeth Weaver has years of conflict with fellow Republicans and frequently sides with Democrats on civil cases.