A Wayne County Circuit Court judge will hold a hearing Friday on a lawsuit filed last week by lawyers for embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that challenges the City Council’s authority to force him from office as he awaits criminal trial on eight felony counts stemming from a 2007 police whistleblower trial.

The council has scheduled public hearings to begin July 7 on forfeiture proceedings, as its lawyer has argued that the legislative body has the power under the city charter to force the mayor to relinquish his post. In filing the lawsuit, Kilpatrick attorney Godfrey Dillard said the removal hearings would be a waste of taxpayer money.

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