Holes in court coverage after prosecutor layoffs in Wayne Co. - FOX 35 News Orlando

Holes in court coverage after prosecutor layoffs in Wayne Co.

Posted: Updated:
The main entrance to 36th District Court in Detroit.  Kym Worthy had fewer prosecutors to send to court Monday after layoffs on Friday.  (Credit: Fox 2 News) The main entrance to 36th District Court in Detroit. Kym Worthy had fewer prosecutors to send to court Monday after layoffs on Friday. (Credit: Fox 2 News)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

In a city that's already strapped for cash, Detroit is losing out on more money.  On Friday, Kym Worthy's office was forced to layoff several prosecutors.  Monday morning, she had nobody to send to 36th District Court for traffic or ordinance violations.

"This is uncharted waters for us.  We know that the City of Detroit needs money, and we're one of those vehicles that in some way helps derive money for the City of Detroit," said 36th District Court Chief Justice Kenneth King.  "Now those efforts are going to be hampered somewhat."

City attorneys handle about 70 percent of the traffic and ordinance violations, but the other 30 percent are handled by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.  On Monday, no one from the prosecutor's office showed up for the traffic court docket.  Even worse, there was no coverage for the domestic violence docket.

"If you have a general public that does not feel safe, you have police officers that have been cut and working extra hours, and now you have a prosecution that's unable to man the courthouses, that's a recipe for disaster," King said.

For King, the people of Detroit and Wayne County alike are losing.  Justice is not being served.

"We're just here to administer justice and to make sure that it's done fairly, and that's kind of hard to do when I only have one side that's representing whomever," he said.

So what now?  There is a lot of finger pointing going on.  I spoke with a representative of the executive's office, and the prosecutor's office released a statement.  In short, Worthy says she needs more money.  Ficano believes she should do a better job of appropriating the money she already has been given.

King doesn't care who is to blame.  He just wants someone to fix the problem.

"I hope that someone somewhere resolves this soon because I have enough things going on without adding this to the plate," he said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Funeral today for Armada teen, April Millsap

    Funeral today for Armada teen, April Millsap

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:49:48 GMT
    Family and friends of a 14-year-old Michigan girl are to gather for her funeral as investigators continue hunting for her killer.ice...
    Family and friends of a 14-year-old Michigan girl are to gather for her funeral as investigators continue hunting for her killer.ice...
  • When is it appropriate for police to use a taser? Video prompts questions about police action in Clinton Township

    When is it appropriate for police to use a taser? Video prompts questions about police action in Clinton Township

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:38:12 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

    Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:19:29 GMT
     A couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger have been charged with second-degree murder.
     A couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger have been charged with second-degree murder.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices