Collette tosses Detroit’s consent agreement lawsuit

After two days of fervor over Detroit City Attorney Krystal Crittendon’s rogue lawsuit to halt the city’s consent agreement with the state, Ingham County Judge William Collette put an end to the controversy by dismissing the claim.

According to, Miller Canfield attorney Michael Hodge told Collette that Detroit might not have been able to meet its payroll as early as Friday if the lawsuit continued.

Collette openly challenged the Detroit Law Department attorney James Noseda on why the department didn’t speak up earlier. [The Detroit News.]

“Your office had plenty of opportunity to intervene and take some action before the agreement was ever signed,” Collette said.

Noseda said Crittendon did not have an opportunity to weigh in on the consent agreement and whether it was legal.

“The law department was shut out of this entirely,” Noseda retorted. “It was done between the mayor’s office and the Miller-Canfield attorneys.”

As an attorney, if you were to raise hell by filing a last second lawsuit, claiming you had the authority to do so, wouldn’t you be the one who showed up to defend it? Yes? Then you aren’t Krystal Crittendon.

Giddings to retire from Ingham circuit bench: Will his seat be eliminated?

Judge James Giddings is retiring this year from the Ingham County Circuit Court, sparking a clash between county commissioners and the court’s chief judge about whether to fill the vacancy, reports The Lansing State Journal.

“It’s a terrible idea, because you’re going to have eight judges doing the work of nine. The number of cases doesn’t go down because you don’t have enough judges,” says Ingham Circuit Chief Judge William Collette.

Ingham County commissioners are looking at a projected $5 million budget deficient for 2011.

Debbie DeLeon, who chairs the board of commissioners, said the board has to look at all options when considering how to close the $5 million deficit. DeLeon said she found the savings of at least $350,000 “very appealing.”

Eliminating the judgeship would require state legislative approval.