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MIchigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young: Sluts and Niggers

September 1, 2011

Another one on 2010 Supreme Court Ads.  It’s surprising the Bob Young, the Michigan Supreme Court Justice, (so proud to be from MI with this….) called people sluts and niggers.  You got it, MI Supreme Court Justice Bob Young calls people sluts and niggers; watch for it at the end:

I thought that there was some semblance of authority from the Michigan Supreme Court.  Apparently not…

On Monday, Weaver released to the website Delayed Justice a transcriptof the court conference on the day this conversation took place. She said the transcript is taken from a recording she made of that day’s conference. According to that transcript, Young — who is black himself — was laughing when using that word:

7.130952 STELLA A MOXON V JACK R MOXON –

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “I’M QUICK TO SAY THE JUDGE ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THINGS WITH REGARDS TO THESE KIDS.”

Justice Marilyn Kelly (MK): “I THINK SO TOO EVEN THOUGH THAT WAS A SEPARATE…”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “..BUT I JUST WANT TO REMAND THIS FOR FURTHER FACT FINDING CAUSE I DON’T THINK HE HAD ENOUGH IN THERE TO JUSTIFY DOING WHAT HE DID.”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “THE SALE WAS PENDING…”

Justice Michael F. Cavanagh (MFC): “VIVIANO’S SON WAS RUNNING…”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “…ANDREA FERRARA. ISN’T THAT A SCREAM? … YES, THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID. MOVING ON…”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “WATCH OUT FOR THOSE N—–S OUT THERE. (Laughter) REALLY . . .”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “…WE DIDN’T DO THE DEATH PENALTY…”

Justice Michael F. Cavanagh (MFC): “SHE HAS TO MOVE FROM DOWN RIVER OUT TO MACOMB.”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “SHE DID.”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “OH, I’M SURE SHE DID.”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “I THOUGHT SHE LIVED IN…”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “SHE MOVED ACROSS 8 MILE, BOB.”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “I THOUGHT SHE LIVED IN THE POINTS. HER FAMILY LIVES OVER THERE. MAYBE THERE’S A FERRARA DOCTOR THAT’S HER DAD I THINK…”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “…LET’S SEE WHERE WE ARE HERE.”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “ALL RIGHT (laughs). I’M A DENY. STEVE, I DIDN’T HEAR FROM YOU.”

Justice Stephen J. Markman (SJM): “I DON’T THINK TONY (Judge Antonio Viviano) EVEN INVOKED MCR 2.612. I’D FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE IF WE REMANDED, HAD THEM AT LEAST GO THROUGH THE STEPS.”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “I GUESS MAURA (Justice Maura D. Corrigan (MDC)) …”

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver (EAW): “WHAT WAS MAURA’S VOTE?”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “SHE WAS A DENY.”

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver (EAW): “SO, THAT’S FOUR, RIGHT?”

Identity of speaker unclear: “THERES A SPECIFIC COURT RULE AND THE COURT JUST TOTALLY IGNORED IT, MARILYN.”

Justice Marilyn Kelly (MK): “I’M WILLING TO DO THIS . . .”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “IT’S A FACT QUESTION. I MEAN THE FEDERAL…”

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver (EAW): “RIPPY (RPY), I THOUGHT YOU WERE A DENY.”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “I AM.”

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver (EAW): “SO, IT’S YOU, MYSELF, MK, AND MDC, RIGHT?”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “RIGHT.”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “BUT I THINK PEOPLE ARE STILL THINKING ABOUT IT.”

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver (EAW): “I DIDN’T KNOW.”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “SO, DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE?”

Justice Marilyn Kelly (MK): “I’M DONE.”

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (CWT): “SO IT’S A DENY.”

Justice Robert P. Young (RPY): “I’LL REMAND.”

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver (EAW): “3-4 to deny.”

Young told the AP on Tuesday that Weaver violated the law by recording that conversation; Weaver denies it.

“She probably committed a felony,” said Justice Robert Young Jr., referring to a state law that requires consent of all involved before recording phone conversations.

Young, the justice who acknowledged using the N-word, said he believes Weaver recorded the court’s discussion of cases on May 10, 2006, while participating by phone from northern Michigan where she lives.

Weaver, who quit the court in August, said state law allows one party to a conversation to record it. She said Young was “trying to divert the public’s attention” from his choice of words and the secrecy and “locker room” manner in which the court conducts public business.

“It’s a shame, it’s a disgrace, and Young should himself be feeling shamed,” she said.

 

Here’s a better video, a shorter one:

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