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Thu March 8, 2012
Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments in Detroit Public Schools emergency manager lawsuit
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a case related to whether the timing of the oath of office should affect the status of Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Roy Roberts.
The court heard oral arguments in the case Thursday.
The case was brought by Robert Davis, an activist who has filed several suits challenging aspects of Michigan's emergency manager law.
Davis says the office of emergency manager should be declared vacant because Roberts didn't take the oath of office before he started the job last May. Roberts took the oath of office in August.
The Court of Appeals ruled against Davis last year. The appeals court says that Roberts' failure to take the oath of office immediately didn't violate the law and that Roberts didn't have to leave office.