Detroit lawyer demoted for calling court "ghetto"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 8 13:07:07 UTC 2009

Well, whether the definition is construed WRT race or not, it's still
an insult! WTF?!

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 8:47 AM, Grant Barrett <gbarrett at> wrote:
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> "The city of Detroit's former top lawyer today filed a federal lawsuit
> against the city saying she was illegally demoted when she described
> 36th District Court as a 'ghetto court.' Kathleen Leavey, who is
> white, said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that she was
> not talking about race. 'The Slang Dictionary defines "ghetto" as
> "backwards and messed up,"' Leavey’s lawyer, James Fett, wrote in a
> lawsuit."
> Grant Barrett
> gbarrett at
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