Monday, April 02, 2012

Judge Blocks Meeting of Detroit Financial Review Team

Judge blocks Tuesday meeting of Detroit financial review team

5:52 PM, April 2, 2012
Detroit Free Press

LANSING – An Ingham County judge issued a temporary restraining order late today, blocking Tuesday’s planned meeting of the state-appointed financial review team at which the team was expected to approve a consent agreement for the re-structuring of the City of Detroit’s financial management.

Acting on a request from attorneys for union activist Robert Davis, Circuit Judge Joyce Draganchuk ordered the review team to refrain from voting on an agreement or meeting to discuss it, Davis said.

Davis claimed in a lawsuit seeking the restraining order that the Detroit review team’s term of office expired March 26 and it no longer has the authority to enter into an agreement.

Davis had earlier sued over alleged violations by the Detroit review team of the state’s Open Meetings Act. But a restraining order issued by another Ingham County judge that temporarily suspended the board’s activity was dissolved by the state Court of Appeals.

The review team was scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at the Cadillac Place state office building.

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