Blind Justice

Many Michigan citizens have never set foot inside the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing. But an interview with the court’s newest justice, Richard Bernstein, can give any viewer a brief glimpse of the court’s behind-the-scenes areas as well as an overview of how the court operates.

Justice Bernstein made history as the first legally blind person elected to the Michigan Supreme Court last November. He speaks in the interview about how he will perform the duties of his new position, saying that he relies on memory and internalization of details. The video [which you can watch here] shows Justice Bernstein on the bench in the courtroom, donning his robe, and walking the back halls of the Hall of Justice–where most of us have never been. Bonus points, however, if you can identify the portrait at the :57 second mark of the video.