Claims of police influence, bribery raised in Flint mayor recall hearing

FLINT, MI – The Flint Police Department’s involvement in investigating the recall of Mayor Karen Weaver came under fire in court Tuesday as multiple petition signers told the judge they had been ordered by police to testify in the mayor’s civil suit.

Two witnesses called to testify by Weaver’s attorney also levied accusations of bribery against the mayor’s administration.

After listening to testimony from four Flint voters who said they were directed in house visits and phone calls from police to come to court on Tuesday, Aug. 29, Genesee County Judge Geoffrey L. Neithercut paused the mayor’s attorney’s exam to ask a question of his own.

“The statute says we authorize either the county sheriff or civil process servers to serve subpoenas, so I don’t understand why Flint city police officers are involved in a civil suit – what’s that all about?” Neithercut asked while leaning back in his chair and peering over his glasses at Weaver’s attorney, Kendall Williams.

“I can’t speak to that, judge,” responded Williams.

“Wow,” said Neithercut. “That may affect credibility issues on this case.”

The explosive hearing marked the third day in court and second day of testimony in a lawsuit filed by the embattled Flint mayor, requesting Neithercut to order Genesee County Clerk John Gleason to call off the recall.

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