1-person grand jury to look at Wayne County jail project

Sep 18, 2013

DETROIT (AP) - A one-person grand jury has been convened to investigate whether any criminal activity is involved in the over-budget Wayne County Jail project.

County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny on Wednesday also banned the release of an auditor general's investigation of the construction project.

Kenny's order came after a petition filed by Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Among other things, the petition says Worthy's investigation will focus on neglect of duty, conspiracy, fraud and misconduct.

The 2,000-bed facility on the northeastern edge of downtown is only partially finished. It was $91 million over its $220 million construction budget in June. County commissioners in August voted to cancel the construction contracts.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano's office said Wednesday in a statement that it would cooperate with the one-person grand jury.