Detroit City Council member George Cushingberry dodges more questions about swirling controversies
2:09 PM, Jan 29, 2014
6:24 PM, Jan 29, 2014
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry who has been under fire for a recent traffic stop and legal troubles was in court today.
7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo was in court to question the city leader about all the controversy surrounding him.
Cushingberry was in Wayne County Circuit Court Wednesday morning because he's being sued.
We were also there to ask him about that case, the pot found in his car, and lots more.
"How do you explain the pot in that vehicle – do you think it's okay for you to drive around with that stuff in your car," asked 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo as Cushingberry rushed away from her down the hallway.
"Ma'am, I'm not having any comment," said Cushingberry.
"Sir, you're a public official, you need to answer some of these questions," said Catallo.
"Currently we don't have any comments," said Mohammed Nasser, one of Cushingberry's lawyers.
Cushingberry still isn't talking after Detroit Police found marijuana and an open container of alcohol in his vehicle during a traffic stop earlier this month.
The councilman's passenger, Richard Clement, is a medical marijuana user but police say the pot should have been stored in the trunk of the car. Clement also now works for the newly-elected councilman.
Cushingberry is also refusing to talk about what happened to the classic cars that belonged to Roxanne Hudson's late husband.
Hudson is suing Cushingberry and one of the councilman's staffers, Cleo Wiley, for how they handled her husband's estate in probate court. Cushingberry has faced discipline from the Attorney Discipline Board for his handling of other probate matters.
Today Cushingberry's lawyer did not accept a mediator's recommendation that Hudson be paid $45,000, and the case will continue.
Detroit's police chief now says he can't pursue criminal charges against Cushingberry because a police sergeant gave the councilman special treatment and let Cushingberry drive away.
"Did you smoke any of the pot in that vehicle, sir," asked Catallo.
"No comment, no comment," said Cushingberry.
"The chief says you got special treatment – what's your reaction to that," asked Catallo.
"I have no comment," said Cushingberry.
"Do you still maintain you were racially profiled," asked Catallo.
"No comment," said Cushingberry.
"When are you going to talk about these things," asked Catallo.
"Speak to my attorney," said Cushingberry.
"You are an elected official and you were in a vehicle with pot and alcohol I think you should answer some of these questions sir," said Catallo.