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    Michigan attorney general opinion wrong, redistricting lawyer says

    A lawyer for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission said Wednesday he disagrees with parts of an attorney general’s opinion that memos discussed in a closed-door session of the group should be made public.

    During a virtual meeting Wednesday with members of the Michigan Press Association, David Fink, an attorney retained by the commission, said he had “deep respect” for Attorney General Dana Nessel but criticized her position.

    “Without being terribly specific, I don’t agree with everything,” he said. “Now in part … that’s because she necessarily drew some inferences from the titles of documents that weren’t reviewed. And so that can result in some of the reasoning might be appropriate but not apply to these documents.”

    Nessel’s opinion, issued Monday, said that the commission shouldn’t have met in closed session Oct. 27 and shouldn’t keep secret the documents that were discussed. She said that the Michigan Constitution requires the commission to “conduct all of its business in open meetings” and publish data and materials that guided proposed political boundaries for the state House, state Senate and U.S. House.

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