Court plans to hear Detroit mayor case immediately

DETROIT (AP) -- The Michigan Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday evening over whether Gov. Jennifer Granholm can hold a hearing on removing Detroit's mayor.

The court issued an order Tuesday saying it was granting the motion for an immediate hearing on the future of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Granholm has been asked by the City Council to remove Kilpatrick from office. Council members say he misled them when he settled lawsuits with former police officers.

The governor had asked the Michigan Supreme Court to take up the case without it first going to the Court of Appeals, but that didn't happen.

Also Tuesday, a county judge loosened Kilpatrick's bond restrictions, saying he can remove an electronic tether.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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