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Michigan Judge In Hot Water After Allegedly Making False Assault Claim

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A Michigan judge is in hot water after her alleged misconduct in a bike shop.

The Judicial Tenure Commission filed a public complaint against Wayne County Judge Demetria Brue after an incident that began when she rented bikes at Mackinac Island Bike Shop in August 2019, The Detroit Free Press reported.

When Brue and her colleague returned the bicycles, she told employees there was an issue with the bike and they should not have to pay full price, the complaint states. Brue also spoke to the owner of the shop, but they were unable to come to an agreement. Brue told the owner, Ira Green, multiple times that she was a judge, the complaint states.

Brue did not respond to a request for comment.

At some point during the 20-minute discussion, Brue allegedly reached over the cash register, took the receipt out of Green’s hands, and ripped it.

After ripping the receipt, she then allegedly falsely claimed that the store owner assaulted her and appeared to play every card she had.

“You assaulted me,” she said. “Did you just assault me? You took my receipt and tore it up. I want the police. Now we need the police. I am going to call them. You snatched my receipt and threw it away and grabbed my hand and you hurt me. You touched my hand with force and violence. I am a female. I am a judge. I am here for a conference and you … I am an African American female. That was racist, and it was disrespectful and it was violent.”

When police arrived she claimed to them that she was assaulted until the officers reviewed the security footage.

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She admitted that she was not assaulted and the officers assisted in reaching an agreement where the judge did not have to pay for the bike rental.

She has been accused of breaking 10 rules, including making a false statement to a police officer.

The complaint also said that she lied to the commission during the investigation and did not cooperate.

The commission is asking the state Supreme Court to appoint a special master to handle the case.

It comes after a federal judge who was appointed by former President Obama is facing scrutiny for placing a temporary halt on Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signed law that prevents “woke” indoctrination in higher learning institutions in the state.

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a ruling on Thursday to temporarily stop the “Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (W.O.K.E.) Act,” which is known as the Individual Freedom Act, The Daily Wire reported. This means that the law cannot be enforced on college campuses until it is adjudicated.

“The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints,” the judge said. “Defendants argue that, under this Act, professors enjoy ‘academic freedom’ so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the State approves. This is positively dystopian.”

He said that “our professors are critical to a healthy democracy” as he called them “priests of democracy” who “shed light on challenging ideas.”

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son, Christopher J. Scalia, said that “That whole sentence is embarrassing” in reference to the “priests of democracy” line.

“Ah yes, the American university, a flourishing marketplace of ideas,” law professor Adrian Vermeule quipped. “‘Priests of democracy’ is correct, although not in the sense the judge intended.”

“We need to start getting rid of these repulsive judges — or giving them IQ tests,” conservative David Reaboi said. “This clown is dumber than dirt.”

“Priests of democracy.’ The left actually wants to publicly fund religion, as long as it’s their religion,” Jarrett Stepman, of The Daily Signal said.

“Whatever happened to separation of church and state,” attorney Will Chamberlain said. “If professors are ‘priests of democracy’ then universities are churches, and must do without all government funding.”

The law, which the Florida legislature passed in March, prohibits public K-12 schools and universities from teaching eight concepts that constitute “discrimination” and lets parents sue if their children are taught those concepts. It also targets employers who require their workers to partake in woke trainings.

The banned concepts include that a person is “inherently” racist or sexist “whether consciously or unconsciously” due to his race or sex, that a person “bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt” for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, and that virtues like hard work, fairness, objectivity, and racial colorblindness are racist.

The act enhances enforcement of the Florida education board’s June decision to ban public schools from teaching Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, which reframes American history with slavery at the center.

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DeSantis and Republican lawmakers have touted the law, saying it will prevent both students and employees in Florida from harmful, woke classes and trainings.

It comes as a federal judge who was appointed by former President Obama is facing scrutiny for placing a temporary halt on Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signed law that prevents “woke” indoctrination in higher learning institutions in the state.

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a ruling on Thursday to temporarily stop the “Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (W.O.K.E.) Act,” which is known as the Individual Freedom Act, The Daily Wire reported. This means that the law cannot be enforced on college campuses until it is adjudicated.

“The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints,” the judge said. “Defendants argue that, under this Act, professors enjoy ‘academic freedom’ so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the State approves. This is positively dystopian.”

He said that “our professors are critical to a healthy democracy” as he called them “priests of democracy” who “shed light on challenging ideas.”

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The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son, Christopher J. Scalia, said that “That whole sentence is embarrassing” in reference to the “priests of democracy” line.

“Ah yes, the American university, a flourishing marketplace of ideas,” law professor Adrian Vermeule quipped. “‘Priests of democracy’ is correct, although not in the sense the judge intended.”

“We need to start getting rid of these repulsive judges — or giving them IQ tests,” conservative David Reaboi said. “This clown is dumber than dirt.”

“Priests of democracy.’ The left actually wants to publicly fund religion, as long as it’s their religion,” Jarrett Stepman, of The Daily Signal said.

“Whatever happened to separation of church and state,” attorney Will Chamberlain said. “If professors are ‘priests of democracy’ then universities are churches, and must do without all government funding.”

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The law, which the Florida legislature passed in March, prohibits public K-12 schools and universities from teaching eight concepts that constitute “discrimination” and lets parents sue if their children are taught those concepts. It also targets employers who require their workers to partake in woke trainings.

The banned concepts include that a person is “inherently” racist or sexist “whether consciously or unconsciously” due to his race or sex, that a person “bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt” for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, and that virtues like hard work, fairness, objectivity, and racial colorblindness are racist.

The act enhances enforcement of the Florida education board’s June decision to ban public schools from teaching Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, which reframes American history with slavery at the center.

DeSantis and Republican lawmakers have touted the law, saying it will prevent both students and employees in Florida from harmful, woke classes and trainings.

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