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Hearing Scheduled This Week in State v. Troy Lawsuit

Secretary of Sate Ruth Johnson filed a lawsuit on Nov. 30 against the Troy City Clerk Aileen Bittner, saying Troy residents "have the right to choose the city's mayor in February."

A motion hearing in the Secretary of State v. Troy City Clerk lawsuit is scheduled for 10 a.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 12 in front of Judge Denise Langford Morris at Oakland County 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac.

The Nov. 30 lawsuit was filed after the Secretary of State's office and the City of Troy failed to come to an agreement on the process by which to replace former Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, who was recalled on Nov. 6. In the lawsuit, they claim the City has violated state law by not calling a special election on in February and instead choosing to follow City Charter by appointing Dane Slater mayor until the November 2013 city election.

The city has been locked in a battle with the Michigan Secretary of State's office since Council voted on Nov. 21 not to seek further advice from the state on how to replace Daniels. Both the City of Troy and the Secretary of State were also sued Nov. 29 by political activist Robert Davis and Citizens United Against Corrupt Government.

To view the lawsuit and previous correspondence between the city and the state, please see the attached PDF files.

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Chris P. December 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
No... Bob Gosselin, Glenn Clark and Dan Brake are responsible. I’ll play along with you on that timing of that email. Why didn’t the State send that email in during business hours? Why did they wait to send it until after the Clerk’s counter closed? Did you watch that crazy video with Gosselin and his minions, Brake, Kempen and Ross that they posted on Youtube? Watch that video and tell me Gosselin wasn't trying to get the State to send that email. Tell me he didn't know it might be coming. And then ask yourself if perhaps it's possible that the State didn't want Gosselin to pull them into his reindeer games at Troy's City Hall. The City Attorney had gone home to dinner and came back at 7 pm for the council meeting to find that letter had been sent at 5:30 pm. She explained that at the meeting. As to Dane Slater getting appointed, that's just fine with me. (Thank you Dave Henderson for thinking on your own on this.) Mr. Slater guy can conduct himself with decorum and won’t drag the city into the mud in the media. Council majority and the City Attorney are operating under the charter and moving forward with the business of the city just as they should. To suggest otherwise is crazy. The charter requires these appointments to be made in 30 days. The law is complex, so it needs to go to court to get sorted out. Until it is sorted out, it was absolutely right that the council move forward with their appointments.
mark otto December 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Jen, can you live blog from the hearing like they da at the Kwame trial?
Cathy Fucinari December 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
You leave a great deal to be desired in terms of reality! "pretending" to be looking at a computer screen. They ALL have computer screens in front of them, and they aren't playing solitaire during a council meeting. She told them there was an email there, and asked if they wanted it checked before the vote. Get real. Watch the video. It wasn't POOF. By the way, Henderson also voted with Slater, McGinnis, and Campbell, so why don't you name him as part of the conspiracy as well? And, from my view, if Fleming had voted for the transit center in the first place, instead of trying to look like the hero and wasting $2 million dollars of federally funded green initiatives that would have minimized future expense, we wouldn't have many of the problems we've had in the last year. Too bad. I might have been able to support him if he hadn't played so many games.
Cathy Fucinari December 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Since Jen is probably in the courthouse, I will note that you can't take recording equipment into the courtroom.
mark otto December 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Can't get facebook where I'm at. Anything new in court?

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