DETROIT -

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's lawsuit seeking the removal of seven Detroit School Board members has been tossed out.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge John Gillis dismissed the case the case in an opinion filed Tuesday.

READ: Gillis' ruling

Schuette had argued that seven of the 11 Detroit school board members be removed because they had been elected in districts -- state law only allows in districts large enough to qualify as first class. He said the Detroit Public Schools ceased to qualify in 2008.

“We are glad that this lawsuit has been exposed as the bogus claim that it always was. Attorney General Schuette and Governor Snyder filed this lawsuit to prevent the largely black and Latino citizens of Detroit from having any say over their own schools. The Attorney General should not appeal this decision and he and the Governor should stop trying to destroy elected government in the City of Detroit," said George B. Washington, attorney for the Detroit School Board.

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