Activist's lawsuit to remove Roy Roberts from Detroit Public Schools struck down

Lawsuit filed by Robert Davis, court says Roberts has power through Public Act 72

Published On: Nov 16 2012 01:58:29 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 16 2012 04:28:57 PM EST

The Michigan Court of Appeals has struck down a lawsuit requesting the removal of Roy Roberts as the emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools.

READ: Appeals Court one-page opinion

The lawsuit was filed by Highland Park's Robert Davis, an activist who has filed several suits challenging aspects of Michigan's emergency manager laws.

He says since Public Act 4 doesn't exist anymore, there is no law in effect to give Roberts his power. But in their ruling, the Appeals Court said Roberts was appointed under Public Act 72 -- a weaker version of the law that existed before PA 4 that is still in existence.

"Roberts was appointed under PA 72 after PA 4 was suspended and thus lawfully holds office," the ruling reads.

-- Robert Davis