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|Current Court Information:|
|6th Circuit Court, Michigan|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Jennifer Granholm|
|Active: || 2007-2015|
|Preceded by: || Gene Schnelz|
|Past post: || Associate Attorney, Weiner & Cox P.L.C.|
|Past term: || 2004-2007|
|Undergraduate: || University of Michigan|
|Law School: || University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law|
Shalina Kumar is a judge for the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County, Michigan. She was appointed to this position on August 20, 2007 by then-Governor Jennifer Granholm to replace retired judge, Gene Schnelz. She was re-elected in 2008 to another six-year term that ends on January 1, 2015.
Kumar received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1996.
Kumar served on the Sylvan Lake City Council in 1992 and 1993, during law school. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1996 and began a private law practice in 1997, specializing in medical malpractice, wrongful death, and complex litigation trials until her judicial appointment in 2007. She worked as an associate attorney for the law firms of Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz P.C. (2000 to 2004) and Weiner & Cox P.L.C. (2004 to 2007). She was appointed to the Circuit Court in August of 2007.
Kumar sentences two men to life in prison
|July 24, 2013|
|Judge Shalina Kumar sentenced two young men, Tucker Cipriano, 21, and Mitchell Young, 20, to mandatory life in prison for the murder of Cipriano's father, Robert Cipriano. On April 16, 2012, both men entered the Cipriano home in search of money for drugs and, armed with aluminum baseball bats, attacked Robert Cipriano, his wife Rose, and his son Salvatore. Robert died during the attack and both Rose and Salvatore were severely injured. Two other children in the home escaped injury by hiding in the upstairs bedrooms. During the trial, Young and Cipriano accused each other of masterminding the plan. Young denied the crime, maintaining his innocence. Tucker Cipriano, who was adopted, asked for forgiveness and tearfully apologized to his siblings and the rest of the Cipriano family. Judge Kumar, while acknowledging Cipriano's abandonment by his birth mother, mental issues, and drug dependency, addressed him directly, stating: "Others fight through...[w]ith all the support you had, and all the love you had, you threw it away."|
Kumar's decision reversed on legislative recall
|May 19, 2008|
|Although Judge Shalina Kumar determined that ballot langugage to recall Representative Marie Donigan, D-Royal Oak, from office was unclear, a three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in May 2008 that the language is clear enough to go before voters in November 2008. According to Crain's Detroit Business, "Donigan and House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, are among several legislators targeted for recall because they voted to increase the state income tax and a services tax or both in 2007 to help the state balance its budget."|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Michigan.gov: Former Governors, "Granholm Appoints Shalina Kumar Judge of 6th Circuit Court", August 20, 2007
- ↑ Michigan 2008 Election Results: 6th Circuit
- ↑ List of Michigan Circuit Courts
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Oakland County: Hon. Shalina Kumar
- ↑ M Live.com, "Tucker Cipriano, Mitchell Young to spend life in prison for Farmington Hills baseball bat attack", July 25, 2013
- ↑ Detroit Free Press, "Tucker Cipriano gets emotional; Mitchell Young makes defiant speech at sentencing", July 24, 2013
- ↑ Crain's Detroit Business, "Recall drive wins round in court", May 19, 2008