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Michigan Supreme Court justice retiring after 21 years

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Posted at 2:41 AM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 02:41:36-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Stephen Markman has heard his last round of cases after 21 years as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.

The 71-year-old Markman is retiring but can still participate in opinions and orders through December.

Before hearing five cases Thursday, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack recognized Markman’s public service.

He was a judge at the Michigan appeals court, U.S. attorney in Detroit and deputy attorney general in Washington.

Markman says it’s “been a blessing” to serve on the Supreme Court.

In October, Markman wrote the 4-3 opinion that struck down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders related to the coronavirus.