Michigan Supreme Court keeper of tradition dies at age 59

October 17, 2017

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Supreme Court shows David Palazzolo, the court crier at the Michigan Supreme Court for more than 25 years. Palazzolo died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, after a brief illness. He was 59. (Richard Browne/Michigan Supreme Court via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man who slammed the gavel and declared, “Hear ye, hear ye,” at the Michigan Supreme Court for more than 25 years has died.

David Palazzolo’s title was court crier. The 59-year-old Williamston man died Saturday after a brief illness.

Chief Justice Stephen Markman says the court has “lost a dedicated and loyal public servant.” He says Palazzolo was “instrumental in keeping the court on track.”

Palazzolo managed mail, printing and building matters at the court. But his public role was opening and closing official Supreme Court sessions.

The justices didn’t take their seats until Palazzolo gave a traditional introduction. He said, “God save the United States, the state of Michigan and this honorable court.”

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