Blackwell 'Relieved' After Charges Dismissed

Published On: Jul 04 2012 10:24:41 AM EDT
Updated On: Jan 27 2011 05:50:55 AM EST
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. -

A judge has dismissed embezzlement charges against Arthur Blackwell, the former emergency financial manager in Highland Park.

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?I?m delighted, relieved and appreciative of the support I got from the people of Highland Park,? Blackwell said, during an interview with Local 4 on Thursday. ?Today was a good day to at least put the record straight.?

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said she'll appeal the decision announced by Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway.

Hathaway overturned a ruling that found there was probable cause to hold a trial.

Blackwell was charged with embezzlement and refusing to turn over records. Authorities accused him of taking $264,000 in payments that were not authorized by the state.

Blackwell said most payments were proper and that he had permission from then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm to take a salary increase.

?That?s the sad part, that the former governor wouldn?t step forward and just say what she said,? Blackwell said. ?I feel it lacked a little bit courage. All she had to do was say what she said.

In 2005, he was appointed Granholm to oversee Highland Park's finances. Blackwell was dismissed in 2009.

Highland Park is a small city surrounded by Detroit.

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