Detroit Free Press Endorses Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

Calling him “the most qualified candidate to seek a seat on the court in recent memory,” the Detroit Free Press’s editorial board has endorsed the campaign of Samuel Bagenstos for the Michigan Supreme Court.

“I’m very pleased to receive the endorsement of the Detroit Free Press,” said Bagenstos. “I’m especially pleased that the newspaper gave credit to my long record of fighting for people’s rights — and winning at the highest levels of the judiciary.”

The Free Press’s endorsement editorial described Bagenstos as "a seasoned appellate lawyer with an impressive record in civil rights enforcement,” and noted that “he prevailed in three of the four cases he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The editorial concluded that “no candidate demonstrates a more sophisticated grasp of the way Republican justices who have dominated the state judiciary since John Engler was governor have flexed their majority control to barricade the courthouse door.”

The editorial noted that over the next several years, “the high court's seven justices will contend with controversies sure to impact millions of Michigan residents who've never been party to a lawsuit:

“• Does Michigan's state constitution bar legislators from banning abortion even if Roe v. Wade is overturned?

“• Does Michigan's governor have the authority to shut down the aging oil pipeline under the Mackinac straits?

“• Can Republican legislators somehow retain control of the state's redistricting process even if voters adopt a constitutional amendment transferring that authority to a new citizens commission?

“• Who, if anyone, can be held accountable for cleaning up municipal water supplies tainted by lead or the more-widespread industrial contaminants known as PFAs?”

Samuel Bagenstos is a civil rights attorney and Democratic nominee for Michigan Supreme Court. Sam is the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He has argued four cases in the United States Supreme Court, winning three of them.  Sam lives in Ann Arbor with his wife -- civil rights lawyer Margo Schlanger -- and their two children.

Samuel Bagenstos