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DETROIT MAYOR
(2008-04-09)
(wgvu) - THE DETROIT CITY COUNCIL IS HOLDING A PUBLIC
HEARING INTO THE CITY'S 8.4 MILLION-DOLLAR SETTLEMENT OF TWO
WHISTLE-BLOWERS' LAWSUITS.
ATTORNEY MICHAEL STEFANI TOLD COUNCIL MEMBERS A LAWYER FOR MAYOR
KWAME KILPATRICK WANTED THE SETTLEMENT REWRITTEN TO AVOID A FREEDOM
OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST BY THE DETROIT FREE PRESS.
STEFANI REPRESENTED THREE EX-DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS IN THE
LAWSUITS.
COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY APPROVED THE SETTLEMENT WITHOUT
KNOWLEDGE OF A CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENT REFERENCING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT
TEXT MESSAGES BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND HIS TOP AIDE.
SEVERAL WERE CRITICAL OF STEFANI AND A LAWYER FOR THE CITY FOR
NOT MAKING THE COUNCIL AWARE OF THE ROLE THE TEXT MESSAGES PLAYED
IN THE DEAL.
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