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Court interested in dispute over   1931 abortion ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals opened the door Wednesday to abortion opponents who are trying to overturn a recent decision that suspended the state's long-dormant ban on the procedure.

The court set a briefing schedule that runs through July 5.

A judge at the Court of Claims last week issued a preliminary injunction that freezes a 1931 ban on abortion in most instances. If the injunction stands, it means abortion would not be illegal in Michigan if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by summer.

Right to Life of Michigan, the Michigan Catholic Conference and two county prosecutors are asking the appeals court to throw out the injunction granted by Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, who said the law likely violates the state constitution.

They said there was no reason for Gleicher to act since abortion remains legal in Michigan.

They also noted Gleicher's past legal work for Planned Parenthood of Michigan, which filed the lawsuit, and her financial support for the organization. The judge disclosed some ties to the group but didn't step aside from the case.

In a separate legal action, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is trying to get the Michigan Supreme Court to step in and declare the 1931 law unconstitutional.


Applications being accepted for district court vacancies

Applications are now being accepted for seats on two district courts:

• Wayne County 36th District Court, City of Detroit, to replace vacating Judge Christopher Blount

• Macomb County 37th District Court, Cities of Warren and Center Line, to replace vacating Judge Matthew P. Sabaugh

To be considered for these positions, applicants must be a State Bar of Michigan member who meets the legal qualifications for these offices. To be appointed, applicants must reside within the judicial district.

Judicial appointment questionnaire, writing samples, resume, and supplemental documents must be submitted using the online portal at www.michigan.gov/ appointments and received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.  Additional letters of recommendation can still be submitted after the initial submission to judicialappointments@michigan.gov.

Anyone with questions about the judicial appointments process can send questions to judicialappointments@michigan. gov.

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