Kudos to Michigan governor Rick Snyder on his latest judicial pick for the state Supreme Court. Today the governor announced that he would be appointing Judge David Viviano to fill the spot vacated by Justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned last month after a bank-fraud scandal that I discussed here on Bench Memos. Viviano will run for election to the position in 2014.
Judge Viviano was previously chief judge of the 16th Circuit Court in Macomb County, Mich. My sources praise Judge Viviano’s sharp intellect and principled judicial philosophy. Congratulations go out to him and to the governor on a solid appointment, one that should secure a decisive majority on that court for judicial conservatives.