Judge Denies Krystal Crittendon’s Appeal Of Detroit Consent Agreement Lawsuit


The last-minute motion of reconsideration filed by Detroit Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon in regards to Detroit’s consent agreement has been denied.

WDIV reports that Judge William Collette, who originally dismissed Crittendon’s lawsuit questioning the validity of the consent agreeement with the state of Michigan, won’t reconsider his opinion.

“The court having reviewed the memoranda supplied by the City Attorney filed on the very last day that it could be considered finds no basis to revisit its ruling and hereby DENIES the motion,” wrote Judge Collette.

On June 13, Collette found that the city’s top attorney lacked the legal standing to bring a challenge to the consent agreement to court without the approval of Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council.

Crittendon filed a lawsuit in Lansing’s Court of Claims alleging that the consent agreement between Detroit and the State of Michigan was invalid. Crittendon believes the state owes Detroit $224 million in past revenue sharing, as well as other debts. Michigan law prevents municipalities from entering into contracts if either party is in debt to the other.

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