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Jury selection underway in trial for Flint City Councilman Eric Mays

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/20/14) - The trial for Flint City Councilman Eric Mays will get underway later this week.

Mays tells ABC12 a jury was seated late Tuesday afternoon and proceedings will get underway Thursday morning.

The Flint City Councilman is accused of driving drunk and drug possession back in November.

Police say he was also driving the wrong way down I-475 on four flat tires.

Jury selection started Tuesday. The process was slow and the proceedings sometimes heated before potential jurors were brought in to the courtroom.

It wasn't clear if Mays was going to represent himself.

Attorney Frank Manley had previously taken himself off the case and Mays indicated he'd represent himself or find another attorney.

Nick Robinson, with Manley's firm, was ready to help with jury selection, but Mays finally said, after quite some time going back and forth with 68th District Court Judge Nathaniel Perry and Special Prosecutor Michael Gildner, he didn't want the help.

Mays faces five charges - failing to report an accident, refusing fingerprints and no proof of insurance charges in addition to the drunken driving and marijuana possession counts.

He alluded to a party he was at the night of his arrest, prior to being arrested.

Mays told Gildner he intended to call Flint city leaders, including Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, to testify.

"I'm hoping to keep this on track as opposed to spilling over into a political persecution which, is, as I understand it, is his theory," Gildner said.

Earley, with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, City Council President Scott Kincaid and Council Bryant Nolden by his side, called for Mays to resign about a week after his arrest and before he was charged.

"A council person, who hosted the party, who gave away free drinks, in fact was there, did witness this, did show back up with the co-conspirators to publicly ask for my resignation," Mays said.

Perry ruled Mays couldn't call those city leaders.
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