Judge rejects ex-Detroit police monitor repayment

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge has rejected a request to force a lawyer previously hired to monitor changes at the Detroit police department to repay fees to the city because of an improper relationship with ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook on Tuesday said the city's request would be better handled as a breach of contract lawsuit.

The city says it's considering its options.

The city wants to recoup $10 million paid to Sheryl Robinson Wood and the companies she worked for while serving as Detroit police monitor until the summer of 2009.

Wood quit the monitor's job after text messages revealed the relationship with Kilpatrick, who was mayor until he quit in scandal in 2008 and now is in prison.

Published: Fri, Dec 24, 2010