Snyder appoints judge

DETROIT (AP) — A candidate who lost an election for Detroit’s 36th District Court is getting his robe another way.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s appointing Christopher Blount to a vacancy on the city court. In November, Blount finished third in a race for two seats at 36th District Court.

The court’s chief judge is Nancy Blount, who was formerly married to Christopher Blount’s grandfather.

The governor describes Blount as a “high energy individual” who is committed to public service.

The Detroit court is one of the busiest in the country.