Detroit-area judge retires after 40 years on local, federal benches


Detroit – A Detroit area judge who served in local and federal courts for 40 years has retired.

“It has been a great pleasure to work with you and to make so many friends,” said Judge Marianne Battani in a farewell letter to colleagues at the US District Court.

Battani, 76, was appointed to court by President Bill Clinton in 1999 after serving approximately 20 years as a judge on Detroit Common Pleas Court, 36th District Court and Wayne County Circuit Court, the federal court said on Monday.

It hit the headlines in 2018 when she sentenced a man to 30 days in prison for attacking his neighbor, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., Who had broken ribs and had to undergo surgery. The prosecution asked for almost two years in prison.

Battani was assigned to go to Kentucky to handle the case. She called the attack an “isolated incident” that was not politically motivated.

On appeal, another judge sentenced Rene Boucher to eight months in prison and six months in prison.