Governor Granholm Appoints Judge Alton Thomas Davis to Michigan Supreme Court

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Judge Alton Thomas Davis

August 26, 2010

Lauds career of retiring Justice Elizabeth "Betty" Weaver
LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today praised Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth "Betty" Weaver for her lifelong effort to protect Michigan's children and young people and her unwavering commitment to an independent, fair and balanced judicial system.  The governor's comments followed Weaver's announcement that she has resigned from the state's highest court.  Her resignation became effective at 11:00 a.m. today.
"For 36 years, Justice Weaver has served the citizens of Michigan as a judge and a fighter for fair, common-sense justice," said Granholm.  "She has been a tireless advocate for Michigan's children and families and a strong proponent of an independent and balanced judiciary."
Granholm also announced the appointment of Judge Alton Thomas Davis to serve as a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by Weaver's resignation.  Davis, of Grayling, currently serves on the 4th District Court of Appeals.  Prior to being appointed to the Court of Appeals by Granholm in 2005, Davis served as chief judge of the 46th Circuit Court representing Crawford, Kalkaska and Otsego counties.
"Justice Davis is the most experienced jurist I have ever appointed to the bench," said Granholm.  "He has been universally praised by those who appear before him, by fellow judges, and by people from both political parties.  Justice Davis is someone who can bring a sense of collegiality and gravitas to the Michigan Supreme Court as a seasoned, unflappable, no-nonsense steady hand."
The governor's appointment of Justice Davis became effective at noon today.  The appointment is not subject to disapproval.