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      Bernstein launching run for Michigan Supreme Court

      Richard Bernstein

      A blind lawyer in suburban Detroit is launching a run for the Michigan Supreme Court.

      Richard Bernstein on Wednesday announced plans to seek a nomination from the state Democratic Party at its convention in late August.

      There will be three courts seats on the fall ballot. Two are occupied by justices appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and who are hoping to keep their seats. A third is opening up due to Democratic-nominated Justice Michael Cavanagh's retirement.

      Bernstein works at the Farmington Hills-based firm known for its "Call Sam" commercials. He won election to the Wayne State University Board of Governors in 2002. He lost a bid to be Democrats' nominee for state attorney general in 2010.

      Bernstein made campaign stops Wednesday in Lansing, Flint and Detroit.