Justice Robert Young Jr. will be leaving the Michigan Supreme Court and the end of April and plans to return to private practice according to published reports. Young has been on the court for 18 years and served as the bodies Chief Justice for 6 of those years. The announcement was made Wednesday by the court.

Young was also among a list of 21 possible Judges to be considered by Donald Trump to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia in February of 2016. Young is only African American on the court and is part of the Republican majority.

Young could have remained on the bench until the end of 2018 but has decided to hang up his robe early. Both Governor Rick Snyder and Lt. Governor Brian Calley praised him for his service and his career.

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