Judge hears lawsuit over Detroit financial deal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Ingham County judge is holding a hearing on Detroit's top lawyer's challenge to a consent agreement between Michigan and the deficit-ridden city.

The April deal between Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder
seeks to forestall appointment of an emergency financial manager
for Detroit.

Detroit Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon challenged the
deal, saying it violates Detroit's charter. The case is being heard
Wednesday morning in Mason.

Crittendon says the charter prohibits Detroit from making contracts where at least one side owes the other money. She says
Michigan owes Detroit $220 million in revenue sharing.

Bing says the suit could derail $80 million in urgently needed
state aid and has directed Crtttendon to halt the action. It's unclear whether her autonomy under the charter lets her ignore the order.

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