Michigan supremes demote chief district court judge, saying he hasn't cooperated with takeover

The chief judge of a financially struggling Detroit district court was removed from his leadership role on Monday.

In a written order, the Michigan Supreme Court said 36th District Court Chief Judge Kenneth King had not been cooperating with Judge Michael J. Talbot of the Michigan Court of Appeals, who was appointed in May to oversee the 36th District Court’s finances, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Because King “remains unable or unwilling to provide significant leadership or assistance to Judge Talbot, the Court hereby removes Judge King as chief judge of the 36th District Court,” the order states.

King said he had not been kept informed or consulted by Talbot.

“I’ll continue serving the people of the City of Detroit as a judge,” he told the newspaper. “It just won’t be as chief judge.”

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