Judge Refuses Detroit Mayor’s Request to Delay ‘Freep’ FOIA Case

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A Detroit judge has refused Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s request to delay a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the Detroit newspapers until his criminal case has resolved.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. said Friday he allowed Kilpatrick to intervene to protect his rights but not to postpone proceedings. He says Kilpatrick and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty will undergo depositions.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News have sought depositions as well as the release of text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty. The Free Press published excerpts of some messages in January.

They are charged in a separate criminal case with lying under oath in a whistle-blowers’ trial last year. Text messages have contradicted their testimony.

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