Sep 15, 2008
Free Press columnist documents more harm the Gang of Four has brought
Detroit Free Press Brian Dickerson provides one more case study on why the Republican majority of activist judges on the Michigan Supreme Court known as the “Gang of Four" needs to go.
Dickerson's Sunday column outlines the case of West Bloomfield resident Julian Wendrow who was unlawfully jailed for the alleged molestation of his teen autistic daughter. Only after the investigative work of a pair of Free Press reporters did the case get dropped and he was freed. It was nice to see the corporate media do what it was intended to do and why I became a reporter to begin with.
The Free Press published videotaped excerpts of an abusive, two-hour police interrogation of Wendrow's 13-year-old son, who has a form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome, where he was badgered to implicate his father.
Last week, Wendrow sought justice thorough the courts where justice is supposed to be blind, and he sued a long list of officials, including Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca, Sheriff Mike Bouchard and West Bloomfield Police Chief Ronald Cronin.
To do so, Wendrow has to prove that those officials acted with reckless disregard for the plaintiff's welfare or constitutional rights because government employees are protected against lawsuits for doing their job unless they acted with reckless disregard; which evidence indicates they did in this case.
The problem is that the Gang of Four has expanded government immunity so much that government cannot be sued.
Cliff Taylor is the leader of the Gang of Four, and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Diane Marie Hathaway is running to unseat him and restore balance to the court.