A New Path for State Supremes
know anything about the Constitution?"
As it happens, McCormack not only knows a fair amount about the U.S. Constitution, she has thoughts about how Michigan's constitution could be improved--by changing the system that put her on the bench.
"Michigan Supreme Court candidates are nominated at the major political party conventions," she told the group. "The November election is nonpartisan, but the hoops we jump through to appear on the state ballot are held by the state politicos."
McCormack believes that may finally change, because people across the political spectrum are frustrated with the current system. "Last spring, a bipartisan task force led by two veteran jurists--Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly and Senior Judge James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit--noted that Michigan's process for choosing Supreme Court justices has attracted national attention for its excessive cost, its lack of transparency and its damaging negativity," she said.