“American Black Journal” marks an important day in Black history: Michigan Third Circuit Court Judge, the Honorable John A. Murphy, has announced his retirement after 44 years on the bench. Murphy was the longest-serving judge in Michigan and the longest-serving state-elected African American judge in the state. He was elected to the Third Circuit Court bench in 1986.
Prior to his tenure in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court, Murphy served on Wayne County’s Common Pleas Court and 36th District Court. He also worked as a private practice lawyer specializing in labor relations. Judge Murphy received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University in 1974.
“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with Judge Murphy about the various courts he has sat on, the important cases he has ruled on, and what he has experienced in regard to African American representation in the judicial profession.
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