Earlier at lunch, Kauffman related a morning phone call from the campus police, saying that they were “investigating 14 old parking tickets, and would you [he] come into the office?” Kauffman’s attorneys called and requested more information, which was not forthcoming.
When Kauffman returned from lunch, the police seized him, handcuffed him, and took him away, transferring him to a Wayne County Sheriff waiting at the Ypsilanti Michigan State Police office. The Wayne Deputy whisked Kauffman to Detroit at more than 100 mph.
After a hearing in front of Wayne county Circuit Judge William Giovan, Kauffman was released. At 7:20 p.m., Attorney Richard G. Convertino, of Plymouth, said he was taking Kauffman to seek medical attention at U of M hospital, and could not comment further at this time.
Kauffman’s whistle-blower lawsuit against the University of Michigan is before the state Supreme Court. He recently was removed from teaching duties at the University’s engineering department, where he is a highly regarded, tenured aerospace engineering professor...'
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