Attorney General designates DPS attorney as a Special Assistant Attorney General in district’s case to compel testimony

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has designated Darice Weber, who is representing Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb in a lawsuit to compel witness testimony, as a Special Assistant Attorney General in that case.

Weber, who works for the law firm of Lewis and Munday, has been representing Bobb during investigative hearings into questionable real estate transactions.

Some witnesses have refused to testify despite provisions under Public Act 72, the act under which Bobb was appointed, which states that an Emergency Financial Manager has the authority to require the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, contracts, and other documents relevant to an analysis of the financial condition of the school district.

In addition, the attorneys for Detroit Public Schools and the Farbman Group, Darice E. Weber, Lewis & Munday, P.C., Attorney for DPS, and Michael F. Jacobson, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., Attorney for The Farbman Group, issued a joint statement today:

“Respecting the fact that The Farbman Group, a private company, has confidential and proprietary information, Robert Bobb, on the advice of his counsel, has agreed to a private meeting. During this meeting, the two parties will exchange information and answer questions regarding past real estate transactions.

The facts uncovered recently have clarified a lot of the unanswered questions. Both groups share a desire to avoid disseminating any misinformation that may exist and to move forward in the best interest of our children and the Detroit Public Schools.

The motion set for hearing today is withdrawn without prejudice.”

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