Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Religion-Pushing Judge

About ten years ago, a court administrator in a state district court here in Michigan filed a complaint against the chief judge of the district, Judge Mark Somers, about his frequent discussion of his religious views in court. In retaliation, Somers fired her. She filed suit and won and now the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld that ruling. You can read the full ruling here. Unfortunately, that judge is still on the bench.

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  • theschwa

    “that judge is still on the bench.”

    Clearly, God’s will.

  • John Pieret

    You left out the best parts, Ed. The award is for over $1 million and it is against the judge personally, not in his official capacity, so the taxpayers won’t be footing the bill.

  • davem

    This took ten YEARS to resolve?

  • moarscienceplz

    This took ten YEARS to resolve?

    Of course. Not even lawyers could justify 10,000 billable hours shoehorned into only 1 or 2 years, and you don’t think they’d let their client hold onto the lion’s share of a million dollar settlement, do you?

  • John Pieret


    Actually, the award included $300,000+ for attorney’s fees.

  • Donnie

    There is a lot of pissed off people in the District Court and up the chain. can a judge still be able to person said duties if bankrupt? You would think there would be concerns similar to Top Secret clearance for a person in financial difficulties.