Detroit Public Schools board member Anthony Adams is suing DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert C. Bobb for libel. The suit claims that Adams was defamed when Bobb said that he refused to testify at a DPS hearing, creating a false impression that Adams “was involved in involved in "questionable" DPS real estate transactions when he served as DPS general counsel from January 2003 to June 2005.”
Adams said he never refused to testify, just that he would only testify if certain conditions were met.
Biggest issue: As general counsel of Detroit Public Schools, is Adams a public figure? It makes a huge difference.
“Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb announced today that he will file suit in Wayne County District Court against four people refusing to testify at his investigative hearings,” reports Crain’s Detroit Business.
“Those named are: the former deputy to ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and current DPS board member Anthony Adams; and co-presidents of the Southfield-based Farbman Group David and Andy Farbman.”
Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools, won a court victory Friday against the school board in the battle over control of the district operations, reports The Lansing State Journal.
According to The LSJ:
Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Wendy Baxter ruled Friday that the school board has to rescind its decision to hire a treasurer because Bobb has authority over the finances.
Baxter granted Bobb’s request for an injunction to bar the board from moving forward with plans to appoint a treasurer. …
While Bobb won Friday’s battle, the court war continues as the board is still suing him, saying he has overstepped his legal authority by making academic decisions and that he has violated state law by not consulting the board on financial plans.
Bobb is countersuing, saying the board usurped his hiring authority by voting to make the acting superintendent permanent.
Bobb may have the upper hand.
The LSJ reports that he “has eliminated the board’s budget, saying he will not provide funding for the board to sue him.”