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Michigan Supreme Court justice spent nearly three months in Dubai


LANSING — Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein told the Free Press Thursday he arrived in Israel two days ago after spending close to three months in Dubai, where he said he is working on an international program to improve cultural understanding.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein

Bernstein, who left Michigan Jan. 7, said he will return to the state once the court resumes in-person hearings, but in the meantime has been working through a cultural program that is part of the Abraham Accords, signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, to improve understanding of Jewish people and people with disabilities. Bernstein has been blind since birth.

With the court holding its hearings remotely through video conference, “why not do this?” Bernstein asked. “If we were holding regular court, I wouldn’t.”





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