LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court.
The Republican governor announced the appointment at a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Lansing.
Viviano fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Democrat Diane Hathaway, who quit the Supreme Court in scandal last month. Hathaway pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to mislead a bank in the short sale of her home in Grosse Pointe Park.
Hathaway left the court on Jan. 21, but her departure was publicly known much earlier in January.
Republicans have a 4-2 edge on the Supreme Court. Snyder likely will expand that majority with his choice.
Viviano comes to the Michigan Supreme Court from a seat on the Macomb County Probate courts.
Fred Glespie was found not guilty in the death of three children who died in an apartment fire.
Police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at a gas station in Plainwell Thursday night.
The rink will be open that day from 3-9 p.m.