Duggan lawyers accuse labor activist of "political stunt" - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Duggan lawyers accuse labor activist of pre-election "political stunt"

Posted: Updated:
Butch Hollowell, an attorney for Mike Duggan Butch Hollowell, an attorney for Mike Duggan
(WJBK) -

The Mike Duggan campaign is accusing labor activist Robert Davis of trying to pull off a "pre-election stunt" to influence the outcome of tomorrow's vote for Mayor of Detroit. Davis wanted Duggan to testify on his role in the selection of an emergency manager in Detroit, but the court ruled Duggan did not have to appear on Monday.
 
Lawyers for the state and Duggan wanted the court to toss out the suit describing it as "a political stunt." Those are the words of attorney John Pirrch. He told the judge Davis was trying to influence the mayoral election during the eleventh hours. "To file a lawsuit on the Thursday before the election and schedule without any communication a deposition of a mayoral candidate is outrageous. Plain and simple, outrageous," Pirrch continues.  

But the Davis attorney told the judge voters needed to know what Duggan said, as outlined in a series of emails with the governor's office on the emergency manager issue.

"Mike Duggan is Governor Snyder's hand picked candidate not only for mayor of the city of Detroit but he was also his candidate for emergency manager," Davis says.

"The email show Mike Duggn - didn't have anything to do with the selection of the emergency manager - asked for it's delay," says Butch Hollowell, Duggan's attorney. Hollwell tried to draw a link to Davis' support for challenger Benny Napoleon: "I think it is self evident. I think its transparent. This is transparently political."

Davis maintains he did not file directly or indirectly on behalf of Napoleon.

The judge ruled Duggan did not have to testify Monday and, by waiting so long to file the suit, the judge concluded Davis was trying to create an emergency that the judge was not buying.

VIDEO: Click the video player above to watch Fox 2's Tim Skubick's report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit police seek missing Amber Smith, 29

    Detroit police seek missing Amber Smith, 29

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:18:21 GMT
    Detroit police are asking for the public's help locating 29-year-old Amber Smith.
    Detroit police are asking for the public's help locating 29-year-old Amber Smith.
  • YOUR PHOTOS: First day of school 2014

    YOUR PHOTOS: First day of school 2014

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:08:59 GMT
    It's back to school day!Many kids are heading back to school today. Is yours? We'd love to see your Back to School photos.
    It's back to school day!Many kids are heading back to school today. Is yours? We'd love to see your Back to School photos.
  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial begins

    Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial begins

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:53:37 GMT
    The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved began earlier this morning.

    The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved began earlier this morning. Follow live Tweets from the courtroom here. >>
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

    Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:12:20 GMT
    President Barack Obama is traveling to Russia's backyard for the second time this year to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security.
    For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's...
  • Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:12:17 GMT
    President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.
    President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.
  • Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury

    Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:02:48 GMT
    The jury began deliberations Tuesday in the corruption case that could send former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison if jurors conclude that the couple sold the influence of his office to a...
    The jury began deliberations Tuesday in the corruption case that could send former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison if jurors conclude that the couple sold the influence of his office to a wealthy...
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices