Jury seated in case against Detroit water activists

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A jury trial is expected to begin Friday in the case against two activists charged with disorderly conduct for blocking water shut-off vehicles in Detroit in summer 2014.

The jury of six women and one man was seated Thursday afternoon in the courtroom of 36th District Court Judge Ruth Garrett.

The Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, pastor of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Marian Kramer of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization were among protesters accused of blocking Homrich trucks enroute to shut off water to residents behind on their bills on July 18, 2014.

Wylie-Kellermann has said that civil disobedience was the group’s only option.

The Homrich 9 and supporters have rallied behind an income-based water affordability plan. The group says one of its members wasn’t charged, another’s case was resolved through a deal and the others are at various points in the judicial process.

The trial is expected to start at 11 a.m. Friday.


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