The Michigan Supreme Court worked into the weekend to complete its 2010 session by issuing seven rulings. Many of the decisions reflected the partisan divide and personal tensions that have marked this term. Some of the decisions reversed precedents set in recent years when Republicans had a solid majority on the court.
Justice Elizabeth Weaver broke with her fellow G.O.P. justices to make it easier for accident victims to collect damages for injuries. The court also allowed a group of Lansing teachers to sue their school district for failing to expel the students who assaulted them.
Three Republicans on the court used their dissents to accuse the Democrats as well as Weaver of hypocrisy and not respecting the importance of following precedents. This term has been marked by feuding on the state's highest court. Republicans have asked the Judicial Tenure Commission to investigate Weaver for misconduct. For her part, Weaver is officially disassociating with the Republican Party, and has filed to run for reelection this year as an independent.