Michigan Supreme Court to weigh in on Oakland County redistricting controversy

Mar 20, 2012

The Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments tomorrow over a state law allowing Republicans to draw county commission boundaries in Oakland County.  

Just released emails seem to show Oakland County Republicans tried to circumvent the rules to maintain control of the county commission.

“Clearly there has been a collusionary attempt on the part of the Republican legislators in this body from Oakland County," says Vicki Barnett, a Democratic state lawmaker from Farmington Hills. 

Barnett says it’s a “major breach of trust in the government system”. 

One of the Republican sponsors of the redistricting bill insists the only intention was to create a smaller government. 

The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Democrats in the case.   They challenged the state law written to solely affect the redistricting of the Oakland County county commission.