Latest Example of Corrupt Michigan Supreme Court
LANSING – Michigan Supreme Court Justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra last week ruled in favor of David Schostak — Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak’s brother — and tossed out a $2.1 million decision against him for a real estate investment that went south.
“Even though David Schostak failed to pay his debts, he found relief — first in the Michigan Legislature, and now with the Michigan Supreme Court,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “This is yet another example of corruption in the Republican-controlled Supreme Court. Justices Markman and Zahra have ruled in favor of special interests time after time. If appellants have the good fortune of having a well-connected GOP operative in the family, they have a shot at a fair hearing before Justices Markman and Zahra. Otherwise, an ordinary middle-class family will likely be denied justice.”
In the case, Wells Fargo Bank v. Cherryland Mall Ltd. (No. 144578, 2012), the trial court ruled that Schostak and his co-defendants owed Wells Fargo more than $2.1 million. The Court of Appeals upheld that decision, but the Michigan Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill to void Schostak’s liability retroactively. Last week the Supreme Court ruled that the new law required the Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision upholding the lower court’s judgment.