Michigan's County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

By John Fedynsky

“Whether you're an legal professional, a Michigan background buff, or a lover of structure, you'll find this ebook is a helpful resource.”
---Michigan Bar Journal

John Fedynsky records in narrative and images each county courthouse of Michigan's eighty-three counties, in addition to the Michigan corridor of Justice. those constructions are symbols: bodily they stand, yet figuratively they converse. They include the needs for which they have been created: legislation, order, justice, and the promise of a higher tomorrow.

Fedynsky tells the tale of every development. For Michigan, the common evolution starts off within the cabin, tavern, or lodge of a favorite neighborhood settler and progresses via incarnations of straightforward log or wood clapboard, after which opulent stone or brick, prior to the constitution arrives in smooth and utilitarian shape. yet there are myriad exceptions to this rule, and so they upload to the range of Michigan's county courthouses.

In Fedynsky's descriptions, verifiable proof and native lore weave jointly in dramatic stories of outrageous crime, court intrigue, backroom dealing, jury selection, and judicial prerogative. published detention center inmates support with evacuating and extinguishing a courthouse fireplace, citizens in the course of a ordinary catastrophe search and locate actual safe haven in the back of the certain partitions of the courthouse, and vigilant legions of homebound defenders are stationed in wartime through the courthouse towers scanning the skies for indicators of international aircraft.

Then there are the homey touches that emphasize the "house" 1/2 Michigan's courthouses: neighborhood parents losing off crops within the courthouse atrium to exploit it as a wintry weather greenhouse, cows grazing at the public sq., county gala's in or close to the courthouse, and in the neighborhood made art striking in public hallways. The courthouses undergo inside of their partitions a richness of soul endowed by means of the great those who make each special.

John Fedynsky is a former study lawyer for the Michigan courtroom of Appeals in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He additionally served as a legislations clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Cleland, U.S. District court docket for the japanese District of Michigan. Fedynsky at present practices civil legislations as an Assistant lawyer normal for the nation of Michigan.

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It was home to stores such as an ice cream shop and a lady’s dress boutique. A number of restaurants occupied its space and took advantage of the long porch overlooking Crystal Lake. For a time, it was an inn too, hearkening back to its early days when the third floor featured guest rooms. Recently it was converted into condominiums. The present court complex is situated in such a way that it appears firmly rooted in, if not enveloped by, the ground, much like a bunker. Perhaps this characteristic is born of Benzie’s history of shuffling county seats and a relatively recent desire to counteract that tendency.

St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, sister cities who were originally competitors along with Niles for the county seat, came to an agreement. A joint commission decided that Benton Harbor would support St. Joseph provided that St. Joseph donated land for the court that was in view of Benton Harbor across the St. Joseph River. Plans for a site in the marsh between the two towns were abandoned as impracticable. It was also rumored that St. Joseph made a side deal as well when it promised not to compete with Benton Harbor for a mutually desired chapter of the Knights Templar.

In the early 1900s the county found another gem to go along with its new courthouse: the Dowagiac diamond, which was found in a gravel pit north of its namesake town. ” The find weighed in at nearly eleven and a half carats. In 1976 the county built an additional wing along one end of the building, where county offices such as the clerk and county administrator’s office are now located. On July 23, 2003, the county dedicated a new Law and Courts Building on the outskirts of Cassopolis. The Troyer Group designed the modern-inspired one-story brick building.

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