As reported earlier, the City Attorney's office had stopped leading the defense for the Toxic Towers polluters. However, they went to bat for them again by filing a longshot leave of appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court to get a dismissal of the Toxic Towers hazardous waste complaint currently pending in Kent County Circuit Court. Because of the unlikelihood of success, none of the private defendants in that case took part in the City's action. However, they will all benefit in the unlikely event the City were successful.
So, dear taxpayers, you were the ones plucked to pay for that "Hail Mary" pass through by "Shredder" Daniel Ophoff and Catherine Mish of the City Attorney's office. You also ponied up the bucks this afternoon for Ophoff's motion to stay the proceedings in the Toxic Towers case until the Supreme Court makes a decision this fall to grant his leave of appeal.
The judge granted Ophoff's request on the basis that he believed a stay was mandatory under Michigan court rules. A side effect of the stay is that the City will be able to continue to sit on the Boardwalk tax assessment documents we asked for in our failed FOIA request, because discovery is now temporarily shut down.
So no justice, folks, but the bad guys still get plenty of peace. I'd tell you to rattle the chains of your City Commissioners who should be riding herd on the rogue lawyers in the City Attorney's office. But you and I know that won't do a bit of good. So, I have a better suggestion ...
Have yourselves a fine holiday weekend!