robert davis http://michiganradio.org en Challenge to emergency manager law dismissed by appeals court http://michiganradio.org/post/challenge-emergency-manager-law-dismissed-appeals-court <p>Union activist and Highland Park school board member Robert Davis has been actively fighting emergency manager appointments in the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/court-ruling-victory-highland-park-activist-other-public-act-4-opponents">He's had some success</a> arguing that the state's financial review teams must meet in public, but he's lost a recent round.</p><p>More from MPRN's Rick Pluta:</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed a legal challenge to the state takeover of the Highland Park school district. Union activist and school board member Robert Davis claimed the takeover violated the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/budget/0,1607,7-157-21338-153206--F,00.html">Headlee Amendment</a> to the State Constitution. The Court of Appeals said another court panel had already ruled against Davis on the same set of facts.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/school-board-member-who-fought-financial-review-teams-indicted-theft">Davis was indicted last spring for theft</a>.&nbsp; Federal authorities say Davis sent fake bills to the Highland Park school district and pocketed more than $125,000. Davis says he's been fighting these accusations for years and says the indictment was based on information supplied by his "political enemies." Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:32:29 +0000 Mark Brush 12072 at http://michiganradio.org Challenge to emergency manager law dismissed by appeals court Lawsuit continues: Emergency financial managers not legal http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-continues-emergency-financial-managers-not-legal <p>An 'emergency request' has been filed today with the Michigan Supreme Court asking that Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Roy Roberts be removed from office.</p><p>Highland Park School Board member and union activist <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/robert-davis">Robert Davis</a> argues that the law supporting Roberts' position is no longer valid.</p><p>It's an argument the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-appeals-court-upholds-law-empowering-emergency-financial-managers">Michigan Court of Appeals disagreed on last week</a>.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:14:29 +0000 Mark Brush 9982 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit continues: Emergency financial managers not legal Feds say Highland Park's Davis created fake non-profit for spending sprees http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-say-highland-parks-davis-created-fake-non-profit-spending-sprees <p>Highland Park School Board member and union activist Robert Davis&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/school-board-member-who-fought-financial-review-teams-indicted-theft">was indicted last month </a>on charges of theft by federal prosecutors.</p><p>They accused Davis of stealing more than $125,000 from the ailing Highland Park school district.</p><p>Today, more details emerged from the indictment.</p><p>Robert Snell of the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120507/SCHOOLS/205070329/Feds-Davis-used-money-from-schools-lavish-spending?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a> reports on &quot;newly unsealed federal court records&quot; the paper obtained.</p><p>The records allege Davis controlled a bogus nonprofit group, &quot;Citizens United to Save Highland Park Schools.&quot; The feds say Davis used the group&#39;s bank account for &quot;an $84,000 spending spree at car dealerships, hotels, bars, restaurants and a custom-clothing store.&quot;</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">From <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120507/SCHOOLS/205070329#ixzz1uD9FDwax">The Detroit News</a>:</div><blockquote><p>The financial information was included in an FBI search warrant affidavit requesting permission to raid Davis&#39; home in Highland Park last year.</p><p>The affidavit does not specify which car dealerships were patronized. But Davis paid a St. Clair Shores dealership $21,450 for a used silver Mercedes-Benz CLK320 coupe in May 2009, according to the Secretary of State.</p><p>That&#39;s at the height of the time Davis was stealing money from the school district, according to federal prosecutors.</p></blockquote><p>The sixteen-count indictment says Davis stole the school district&#39;s money between 2004 and 2010. If convicted, he faces the possibility of 10 years in prison on each of the counts of the indictment.</p><p>Davis made headlines before the indictment was made public by successfully&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/court-ruling-victory-highland-park-activist-other-public-act-4-opponents">winning a court battle</a>&nbsp;against the state&#39;s financial review teams for violating the Open Meetings Act.</p><p>Davis has maintained his innocence and his lawyer did not offer a comment on the newly unsealed records, telling the News he had not seen them yet. Mon, 07 May 2012 19:05:04 +0000 Mark Brush 7370 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-4 <p><strong>&quot;Opening Day&quot; for Detroit</strong></p><p>In a media roundtable in Detroit yesterday, State Treasurer Andy Dillon compared the day after Detroit City Council approved a consent agreement with the state with the home opener for the Detroit Tigers taking place nearby, &quot;This is opening day in more ways than one for the city of Detroit,&quot; he said.</p><p>The next order of business for the city is to fill new positions called for the in the consent agreement. From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120406/NEWS01/204060437?google_editors_picks=true">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Mayor Dave Bing now has six days to create the positions of the city&#39;s chief financial officer and program management director and 30 days after that to hire the people for the positions...&nbsp;At the same time the state and city are compiling the list for the two top positions, they&#39;ll be developing a file of candidates to fill the nine-member financial advisory board, a team of people also with financial backgrounds, who will wield significant power as the city tries to right its finances.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Mayor Bing suffering from two &quot;acute pulmonary embolisms&quot;</strong></p><p>Bing returned to the hospital on Wednesday. Yesterday afternoon his office released a statement saying the Mayor was diagnosed with <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-bing-being-treated-acute-pulmonary-embolism">acute pulmonary embolisms in both lungs</a>. A condition that could be life threatening, but his doctor at Henry Ford Hospital said he&#39;s recuperating well. Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis has been acting on the Mayor&#39;s behalf. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-deputy-mayor-says-hospitalized-bing-alert-involved">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek&nbsp;reported </a>that Lewis said Mayor Bing &quot;is alert and very involved in the ongoing process to implement the city&rsquo;s new deal with the state.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m just standing in his shoes right now, until he recovers. But Mayor Dave Bing is clearly the mayor and will be the mayor,&rdquo; Lewis told reporters Thursday.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Highland Park School Board member calls charges against him &quot;quite suspicious&quot;</strong></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; ">Highland Park School Board member and union activist Robert Davis&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/school-board-member-who-fought-financial-review-teams-indicted-theft" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 179); text-decoration: none; ">was indicted yesterday</a>&nbsp;on charges of theft by federal prosecutors. They&#39;ve accused Davis of stealing more than $125,000 from the ailing school district.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; ">Davis successfully&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/court-ruling-victory-highland-park-activist-other-public-act-4-opponents" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 179); text-decoration: none; ">won a court battle</a>&nbsp;against the state&#39;s financial review teams for violating the Open Meetings Act. At a news conference held last night in his attorney&#39;s office, Davis called the timing of the indictment &quot;quite suspicious.&quot;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; ">More from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120406/METRO01/204060376/Highland-Park-School-Board-member-Davis-indicted-does-not-plan-resign?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 179); text-decoration: none; ">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote style="background-image: url(http://michiganradio.org/sites/all/themes/brainy/images/bg-blockquote.gif); background-attachment: scroll; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; border-left-width: 0px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: rgb(187, 187, 187); font-style: normal; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 2px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 50px; color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; background-position: 0% 0%; background-repeat: no-repeat repeat; "><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; display: inline; ">&quot;It&#39;s important for people to know that for the last two years I&#39;ve been dealing with this particular issue as a result of my political enemies taking this&nbsp;false&nbsp;information to the FBI and to federal authorities,&quot; Davis said...</p></blockquote><div> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 12:16:59 +0000 Mark Brush 6933 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... School Board member who fought financial review teams indicted for theft http://michiganradio.org/post/school-board-member-who-fought-financial-review-teams-indicted-theft <p>The Highland Park school board member who filed the Open Meetings Act&nbsp;lawsuits against the state&#39;s financial review process for Detroit, has been indicted for theft. The U-S Attorney&rsquo;s office says Robert Davis sent fake bills to the district and stole thousands of dollars.</p><p>Davis faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Authorities say between&nbsp;2004 and 2010, he stole more than $125,000 from the Highland Park School District by using cover companies to submit fake invoices to the district.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:44:29 +0000 Vincent Duffy 6928 at http://michiganradio.org School Board member who fought financial review teams indicted for theft Court ruling is a victory for Highland Park activist, other Public Act 4 opponents http://michiganradio.org/post/court-ruling-victory-highland-park-activist-other-public-act-4-opponents <pre> An Ingham County Court Judge has ruled that <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120206/METRO01/202060378/Judge-Detroit-financial-review-team-open-public?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">the state review team looking at Detroit&rsquo;s finances must meet in public.</a> </pre> <pre> The ruling is a victory for opponents of Public Act 4, the state law that strengthens the powers of emergency managers in fiscally-distressed cities. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:42:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6116 at http://michiganradio.org Court ruling is a victory for Highland Park activist, other Public Act 4 opponents