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Judge Dennis Wiley of Niles, MI; Judge Roy Bean Wannabee


The state of Michigan presented Dennis M. Wiley with a law license in 1973 after he graduated from Notre Dame University Law School.


Former Michigan Gov. John Engler was duped into appointing Dennis to the Berrien County District Court in 1996. Dennis didn’t receive the appointment because he was the most qualified attorney in the greater St. Joseph area. He received it because he had proven to be a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.


Over the past thirty (30) years, Dennis has had his significant snout firmly implanted in the public trough. He spent sixteen (16) years in the Berrien County Prosecutors office before being appointed to the bench.


The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission found Judge Wiley guilty of the following misconduct.

  1. Engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice\
  2. Failed to personally observe high standards of conduct
  3. Failed to faithfully execute the law
  4. Failed to maintain competence in the law (Dumbo)
  5. Engaged in improper ex parte communications with potential witnesses
  6. Violated a parties due process rights
  7. Engaged in irresponsible behavior
  8. Engaged in conduct exposing courts to contempt

In one matter, Dennis presided over a traffic case involving Ms. LaRue Ford. Prior to December 2012, Ms. Ford spoke with staff of the Berrien County Court regarding outstanding fines she owed which resulted in her driver’s license being suspended.


After being directed by court staff, Ms. Ford paid the balance that the staff said she owed. Several days later she went to the Niles Division of the Berrien Court to investigate why a “hold” remained on her driver’s license.


Subsequently, Ms. Ford was involved in various shouting matches with court staff that involved her uttering profanities. When Dennis became aware of this matter, he unlawfully held a hearing to find her in contempt. He also had her jailed until she posted a $5,000, ten percent bond. He then increased the bond to $5,000 cash only.


As a consequence of his misconduct, the patron saints for Judicial Misfits sitting on the Michigan Supreme Court punished Dennis by gifting him with a complimentary censure.


As we speak (ca. April 2014), Dennis remains sitting on the Berrien County District Court.



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