Motown legend headed to court

June 9, 2006 at 12:01 AM

DETROIT, June 8 (UPI) -- Detroit City Councilwoman and Motown legend Martha Reeves says she has been 'victimized' by red tape and will try to straighten it out in court.

The former lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas is headed to the Department of Administrative Hearings -- known in Detroit as blight court. City officials said they would immediately inspect Reeves' neglected properties after the Detroit News reported some had open code violations.

The city is expected to cite Reeves for failing to correct violations and for leasing two unregistered homes with the city.

Reeves told Detroit radio station WJR she has been "victimized" by the city's red tape.

"Evidently, I made a bad investment investing in the city of Detroit," she said. "I'll do my best to clear it up."

Reeves, 64, owns 15 lots and three rental properties, the newspaper said. She earns $82,000 a year as a City Councilwoman and receives a vehicle allowance.

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