Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

October 23, 2013

Judge rules Snyder emails, documents protected

DETROIT (AP) — Emails and documents exchanged between members of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration while deliberating over candidates for Detroit's emergency manager job cannot be released.

WDIV-TV reports that Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Maria Oxholm cited Snyder's executive privilege Tuesday in her ruling.

Union activist Robert Davis sued to have the information released. Davis believes discussions for the job that eventually went to bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr violated the state's Open Meetings Act.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency motion earlier this month to stop the release of the emails and documents. Schuette wrote that Snyder wanted to "protect the other candidates ... from being unnecessarily burdened and harassed."

On July 18, Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek bankruptcy protection.

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