Krystal Crittendon http://michiganradio.org en The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-31 <p>This week in Michigan politics, Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host, Christina Shockley and Michigan Radio’s political analyst, Jack Lessenberry discuss the resignation of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway and the firing of Detroit’s top lawyer.</p><p>Justice Hathaway resigned this week. This comes after a disciplinary panel filed an ethics complaint against her. The complaint accuses Hathaway of cheating and lying about a real estate transaction that saved her $600,000.</p><p>Lessenberry says, “It’s another black eye to the Michigan Supreme Court which has been rated the least respected of all Supreme Courts in the Nation by the University of Chicago by a law school study there.”</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:54:31 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 10684 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-136 <p><strong>State of the State to address road funding</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder plans to propose a more detailed plan to boost spending to maintain roads in next week's State of the State address. His previous calls for an additional $1.4 billion a year for roads and bridges stalled in the Legislature. Snyder in 2011 called for replacing the 19-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline with a tax on the wholesale price of fuel. He also suggested a source of new revenue could be higher vehicle registration fees. Snyder says that he'll present new specifics in his Jan. 16 speech," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Detroit top lawyer fired</strong></p><p>"Detroit’s top lawyer lost her job Tuesday. Mayor Dave Bing garnered enough Detroit City Council votes to remove corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon. Crittendon continually bucked Bing’s wishes, and challenged Detroit’s consent agreement with Lansing in court. Bing had tried to have Crittendon removed before. But he couldn’t muster the necessary six votes from City Council. But this time, Bing got exactly six votes. Bing and state officials said Crittendon’s legal challenges threatened to derail Detroit’s efforts to regain its financial footing. This all comes as Detroit awaits a verdict from a state-appointed financial review team—expected as early as this week," Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Young drivers banned from using phones</strong></p><p>"Young and inexperienced motorists will be banned from using cell phones while driving under a bill Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Tuesday. Kelsey's Law is named after Kelsey Raffaele of Sault Ste. Marie, who was 17 when she died in a cell-phone-related automobile crash in 2010," the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130109/NEWS15/301090105/Gov-Rick-Snyder-signs-law-banning-inexperienced-drivers-from-using-cell-phones?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">reports. </a></p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:20:55 +0000 Emily Fox 10683 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Bing and City Council fire Detroit city attorney http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-and-city-council-fire-detroit-city-attorney <p>Mayor Dave Bing, with the support of six city council members, has ousted Detroit’s top city lawyer, Krystal Crittendon.</p><p>Crittendon, a controversial figure at City Hall, had been criticized by Bing for her <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bing-decries-council-sideshow-says-he-ll-no-longer-deal-city-lawyers">opposition to Detroit’s consent agreement with the state</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:07:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10677 at http://michiganradio.org Bing and City Council fire Detroit city attorney Stateside: As conflicts persist within Detroit City Council, economic strife looms http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-conflicts-persist-within-detroit-city-council-economic-strife-looms <p>The debate over appointing a Detroit emergency financial manger continues amidst aggravated communication between Mayor Bing and Detroit Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon.</p><p>Detroit Free Press editorial writer Nancy Kaffer provided Stateside with an update on Detroit City Council.</p><p>“The City of Detroit needed to draw $30 million dollars- and to get the draw the Council had to pass five key contracts. All five passed, so they will get the money that will stop payless paydays for now,” said Kaffer.</p><p>Kaffer expressed concern over the relationship between the mayor and Crittendon.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:46:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10333 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: As conflicts persist within Detroit City Council, economic strife looms Stateside: Nolan Finley's call for Detroit City Council reform http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-nolan-finleys-call-detroit-city-council-reform <p><a href="http://blogs.detroitnews.com/nolanfinley/">Nolan Finley </a>is concerned about Detroit City Council.</p><p>In a recent Detroit News editorial, Finley claimed that Detroit Corporate Council Krystal Crittendon<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121125/OPINION03/211250306"> “must go.” &nbsp;</a></p><p>Finley spoke with Cyndy about Detroit’s drastic need to reform its Council.</p><p>“The mayor has finally got the message that you have to cooperate or this won’t end well. City Council is still under the delusion that it has power and can escape the consequences of decades of bad management,” said Finley. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:42:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10061 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Nolan Finley's call for Detroit City Council reform Detroit city lawyer loses legal battle over consent agreement--but could continue war http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-lawyer-loses-legal-battle-over-consent-agreement-could-continue-war <p>A court has once again rebuffed a Detroit city lawyer&#39;s <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120711/METRO/207110407/1409/metro/Judge-denies-Crittendon-s-request-reconsider-consent-deal-lawsuit">attempts to have the city&rsquo;s consent agreement with the state overturned</a>.</p><p>Detroit&rsquo;s corporation counsel, Krystal Crittendon, has pushed forward with a legal action that could un-do the consent agreement.</p><p>Crittendon maintains that legally, the city can&rsquo;t enter into any contracts with the state because the state owes the city money.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:47:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8236 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit city lawyer loses legal battle over consent agreement--but could continue war Detroit city lawyer continues consent agreement challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-lawyer-continues-consent-agreement-challenge <p>Detroit&rsquo;s top lawyer has apparently decided to fight on in her effort to challenge the city&rsquo;s consent agreement with the state.</p><p>State officials warn the ongoing court battle threatens Detroit&rsquo;s ability to &ldquo;get back on track and move forward.&rdquo;</p><p>Detroit corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon maintains the consent agreement is illegal because the state owes Detroit money, and the city can&rsquo;t have a valid contract with a debtor.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 21:20:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8178 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit city lawyer continues consent agreement challenge Top Detroit lawyer refuses request to resign; Bing will take case to City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/top-detroit-lawyer-refuses-request-resign-bing-will-take-case-city-council <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has asked the city&rsquo;s top lawyer, Krystal Crittendon, to resign&mdash;and she&rsquo;s refused.</p><p>Now, Bing says he&rsquo;ll make a case for removing her to the Detroit City Council.</p><p>Crittendon recently went against Bing&rsquo;s wishes by pressing a legal challenge to the city&rsquo;s consent agreement with the state.</p><p>Crittendon said she was obligated to do that because she believed the consent agreement violated the city charter. And she insisted the charter allowed her to act independently of Bing.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:35:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7947 at http://michiganradio.org Top Detroit lawyer refuses request to resign; Bing will take case to City Council Detroit officials count city money in the face of consent agreement legal challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-count-city-money-face-consent-agreement-legal-challenge <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council are sitting down this morning to discuss keeping the city afloat financially.</p><p>Bing and Detroit&rsquo;s Chief Financial Officer have warned the city might run out of money by the end of this week.</p><p>When Detroit signed a consent agreement with the state more than two months ago, it was supposed to keep the city out of just this position.</p><p>But the city&rsquo;s top lawyer, Krystal Crittendon, is challenging the deal&rsquo;s validity in court.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:28:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7832 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit officials count city money in the face of consent agreement legal challenge Commentary: Detroit’s Self-inflicted Agony http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-detroit-s-self-inflicted-agony <p>Two months ago, Detroit City Council agreed, at the last possible moment, to enter into a consent agreement with the state.</p><p>The city was fast running out of cash, and was facing a situation where the governor would virtually have been forced to appoint an emergency manager to run the city.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:19:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7780 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Detroit’s Self-inflicted Agony