(WXYZ) – Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow is known by some inside his courtroom as “Cut ‘em loose Bruce,” a nickname started by those who think he’s too easy on accused criminals.
Now, it’s Morrow asking for leniency at his hearings before the Judicial Tenure Commission begin.
Today’s first witness was retired Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Caminsky, who said Morrow “seemed to have some personal animus towards me.”
Caminsky said Judge Morrow improperly closed the courtroom in the high-profile murder case of Jean Pierre Orlewicz, after he’d been convicted of killing 26-year-old Daniel Sorenson.
When a hearing was held to ask for a new trial, Judge Morrow barred Channel 7 from attending. But then he went further. Even though the defendant didn’t ask for it, Morrow closed the courtroom to the public, and the victim’s family.
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Disciplinary hearing begins for Wayne County Judge Bruce Morrow