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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein has been working remotely from the Middle East since early January, the Jerusalem Post first reported.
As the court continued to convene virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bernstein flew out to Dubai on Jan. 7 and stayed at a hotel there for nearly three months. He initially meant to spend just two weeks there as part of an international cultural program between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but the program has gone on longer than previously planned, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Bernstein landed in Israel on Monday and plans to visit Uzbekistan and possibly other countries while he continues the cultural program. He was fully vaccinated in Dubai, and says he will stay out of the country until the Michigan Supreme Court convenes in-person hearings once again.
Bernstein has reportedly refused any payments from the program organizers and has instead paid all expenses on the trip himself.
Bernstein, who was born blind, is the son of prominent metro Detroit lawyer Sam Bernstein and the brother of University of Michigan Regent Mark Bernstein. The justice was nominated by the Democratic Party and elected in 2014. His term is set to end in 2022.