In an unusual move, a Wayne County judge has stepped in to halt a trial in progress in a lower court.
Two Detroit activists are on trial for disorderly conduct, a criminal misdemeanor, in 36th District Court.
They were part of a group of people arrested in July 2014 for protesting Detroit’s mass water shutoffs.
The case was about to go to the jury, but city lawyers, unhappy with the proceedings, wanted a mistrial. District Court Judge Ruth Garrett denied the request.