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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein stuck in Dubai for last two months

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LANSING Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein has been living in Dubai for two months, due to quarantining requirements after a January visit to Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

But Bernstein told the newspaper his absence from Michigan has not prevented him from participating in the business of Michigan’s highest court, which has been meeting remotely in any case, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Post, Bernstein quarantined in Dubai for two weeks on his way to Israel for a January visit. But during that time, Israel closed its borders. Bernstein was told he could either stay in Dubai or fly home to Michigan, and he chose to remain in Dubai with no immediate plans to leave, the newspaper said.

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Bernstein, who is blind since birth, began an eight-year term on the Michigan Supreme Court in January 2015 after he was elected in November 2014. Bernstein was a Democratic nominee to the court, though justices are elected on the nonpartisan portion of the Michigan ballot.

The article describes Bernstein reciting court filings, which he often commits to memory, on the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk in Dubai.

“The Palm’s crescent is like a runway without obstacles, so I have my phone and cane to navigate while focusing on my work assignment at the same time,” he told the newspaper.

The Michigan Supreme Court held oral arguments Wednesday and has more scheduled for Thursday.

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