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Flint City Attorney appoints Michael Gildner to prosecute Eric Mays

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(12/03/13) - Flint City Attorney Pete Bade has appointed Michael Gildner, as special assistant city attorney, to handle the criminal case against Flint City Councilman Eric Mays.

Mays was arrested, in Flint, around 2:50 Saturday morning.  Flint Police allege he was driving drunk, the wrong way on I-475 with four flat tires, and had marijuana on him.  Mays didn't have proof of insurance and refused to be fingerprinted too, according to police.

Bade said, Monday, he would recuse himself and his office to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.  Gilder was appointed Tuesday.

Gildner is an attorney for municipalities in Genesee, Lapeer and Oakland Counties.  He's part of a law firm in Flint Township.

A press release from the City of Flint listed this information about Gildner:

Mr. Gildner has extensive experience with municipal law and prosecution. He is corporate counsel for governmental bodies in Genesee, Lapeer and Oakland counties, including the City of Swartz Creek, Village of Holly, Richfield Township, Forest Township, Village of Ortonville, Imlay Township, Marathon Township, Attica Township, Village of Otter Lake, Arcadia Township and Gaines Township. He also represents the Genesee District Library. As corporate counsel for those municipalities, he has prosecuted thousands of cases in his 19-year career. In 1997, MADD named him Prosecutor of the Year for his work in a particularly high-profile case that ended in conviction.

Gildner said he hasn't received any police reports yet and there is no timeline for the case set yet.

Mays' attorney, Frank Manley, said he agrees Bade should have recused himself and his office from prosecuting Councilman Mays, but Manley isn't keen on Bade appointing someone to take it over.

Manley said if Bade is concerned about the appearance of a conflict of interest, the problem may extend to anyone Bade picks.

Manley said he'll be looking into whether he can challenge the appointment in court.

Mays survived a recount Tuesday and will stay as Flint's First Ward Councilman.

"I'm glad that not only did the recount hold up, but we picked up a vote," Mays said.  "I needed that positive spin right now."

His opponent Anita Brown is still not satisfied with the way things went down.

Absentee ballots could not be recounted Tuesday because the seal numbers on the can holding them didn't match the seal numbers on the poll book from election night.

"That was part of my complain and concerns (sic) were with the absentee ballots and it's pretty funny how they wasn't (sic) made available," Brown said.

As we've reported, Brown requested the recount and it was granted last week prior to Mays' arrest this past weekend.

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