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Elizabeth Clement is the new chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Elizabeth Clement

Clement – who was named to the court in 2017 by Republican Governor Rick Snyder – has shown an independent streak.

She has outraged conservatives by joining decisions to allow a redistricting question onto the 2018 ballot and that LGBTQ rights are protected by the state’s civil rights law. She was even booed at a Republican convention.

She was selected as chief justice by a court with a majority of justices nominated by the Democratic Party.

“I felt strongly before and I feel just as strongly now that there is no place for partisan politics on our court.”

Clement will serve the balance of the current term as chief justice and is poised to again assume the role in the Supreme Court session that begins next year.

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