More light shed on the MSC justice grievance

The Grand Rapids Press reports on the story behind the story of the three Michigan Supreme Court justices who asked the Judicial Tenure Committee to investigate alleged ethical violations by Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver.

According to the story,Weaver spilled the beans about some behind-the-scenes discussions about a lawyer conduct case which had already concluded. The reports says she gave that information during a discussion with attorney John Muth, who had represented Weaver in another matter. However, Muth was involved in another similar case, which was at the time pending before the Attorney Grievance Commission. The case later came before the Michigan Supreme Court, and Weaver disqualified herself, which she said brought the alleged misconduct to the attention of her colleagues.

Attorney who investigated Judge Steven Servaas will not face Discipline Board, grievance panel rules

From The Grand Rapids Press:

The state Attorney Grievance Commission has ruled that Judicial Tenure Commission Executive Director Paul Fischer does not have to face a disciplinary panel for his investigation of Kent County District Judge Steven Servaas.

In a terse pronouncement Nov. 17, the grievance commission reviewing a complaint against Fischer ruled “no further action is warranted.” As required in such cases, it gave no indication why.

More than a dozen prominent local lawyers, including former presidents of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, filed a grievance seeking sanctions against Fischer in July 2008. The attorneys alleged Fischer tried to extort Servaas’ resignation.

The grievance commission evidently did not agree.