Detroit Emergency Manager Review Team Must Open Meetings To Public, Circuit Judge Rules

02/06/2012 05:39 pm ET

Judge William Collette ruled Monday afternoon that Detroit's emergency manager review team must open their meetings to the public under Michigan Open Meetings Act of 1976.

According to the Free Press, the Ingham County circuit judge issued a restraining order prohibiting the body from holding private meetings.

Highland Park School Board member and AFSCME representative Robert Davis filed the suit against the group, which he claimed violated the act by holding closed meetings in its efforts to determine whether Detroit needs an emergency manager.

State Treasurer Andy Dillon had insisted that Public Act 4, the legislation that allows the managers to take over financially challenged cities, also permitted the review board to meet in private, according to WXYZ.

A lawyer representing the state of Michigan suggested that he would appeal the order, the Free Press reports.

According to the Detroit News, a meeting between two attorneys and the judge was prematurely reported as a ruling on the matter last week.

Davis also filed a suit last week alleging Gov. Snyder's appointment of Highland Park School's Emergency Manager Jack Martin was illegal.

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