The Detroit City Council Monday appointed its research director as special counsel to challenge Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr.’s veto of the council’s rejection of a planned expansion of the city’s convention center.

David Whitaker, head of the City Council’s Research and Analysis Division, will represent the council in the court challenge, according to the resolution approved Monday. He said he would petition the Wayne County Circuit Court for an injunction and judgment on Cockrel’s veto.

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