Friday, March 15, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: List Of Plausible Ruleouts As To Why Detroit Corporate Counsel Refuses To Allow Mayor Mike Duggan To Take The Stand In Carmack Case

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shall continue telling you the Detroit tale of why
Perkins Coie Sucks.
Who are these Detroit Corporate Counsel Cats?

They really do not want to put the Mayor up there on the stand.

I wonder why.

Let's wonder together!

Plausible explanations as to why Detroit Corporate Counsel does not want Mike Duggan to speak into the record, under penalty of law, being held to a higher standard as a public office holder:

  • That the Detroit Land Bank Authority is not part of the City of Detroit?
  • That the Detroit Land Bank Authority is not incorporated?
  • That the Detroit Land Bank Authority levies Detroit property taxes?
  • That the Detroit Land Bank Authority cashes checks through Title Source Shape Shifter?
  • That the property taxes levied by the Detroit Land Bank Authority are funneled through the Detroit Property Tax Division and refunded back to Title Source Shape Shifer?
  • That the Detroit Land Bank Authority has no instrument of authority to open up a bank account?
  • That the Detroit Land Bank Authority is negotiating contracts on behalf of the City of Detroit when it has no resolution granting any power to do so?
  • That the Detroit Land Bank Authority filed fake IRS tax reporting documents?
  • That all of this went on under the tutelage Butch Hollowell?
  • That Perkins Coie Sucks?
I could continue, but if I did, my castigations would become redundant, losing the mystery and intrigue of my next artistic tale of the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) in the City of Detroit, and their backup legal brigade coming in for the rescue.


Detroit businessman argues in court over land deal fraud charge

 - In theory, the case against Bob Carmack is simple. 
About 10 years ago, Detroit officials sent him a deed for a piece of property in exchange for $250,000. Carmack held onto the deed and paid the property taxes on the land until he sold it a few years ago for $1 million.

Prosecutors call that fraud. Carmack says he told city officials he planned to sell the land, but no one tried to stop him.

"This is a case of intent; why would a man pay taxes on a property he didn't own?" said Carmack attorney Steve Haney.

City officials testified that city land should not have been taxed - and they say Carmack never owned the land because he never lived up to his end of the bargain.

Carmack's attorneys suggested that the case is politically motivated as Carmack attorney Lillian Diallo asked city lawyer Bruce Goldman if he had any conversations with Duggan or his staff about Carmack in 2018 or 2019.

Prosecutor Patrick McCombs objected to every attempt to drag Mayor Mike Duggan into the case.
"To go down the path that this some sort of retaliation is absolutely beyond the pale," McCombs said.
Goldman testified that politics did not play a factor in going after Carmack.

"You are talking about somebody involving Mayor Duggan's staff," Goldman said. "The city is pretty well organized. No one on his staff or the mayor did I speak to in 2018 or 2019."

Goldman and Carmack attorney Lillian Diallo also clashed on the significance of Carmack's property tax payments on land the city says it never sold to him.

"We can agree that people just don't pay taxes for nothing on property they don't think they own," Diallo said.

Bruce Goldman: "No."

Lillian Diallo: "Thank you."

Bruce Goldman: "We don't agree."

Part of Carmack's defense may be that he believes he was entitled to the land because he spent $246,000 developing another piece of city land that the city never sold him.

Diallo: "Can we agree that $246,000 is a lot of money?"

Bruce Goldman: "It is to me, yes."

Diallo: "Me too."

Goldman stepped down moments later. It remains to be seen whether Carmack's attorneys will develop this argument further as the case proceeds.

Because this case is at the preliminary examination level, it is up to Judge Cylenthia Latoye Miller to decide whether there is enough evidence of a crime to send Carmack to trial on the fraud charges.

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