The Globe reports Boston University has gone to court to try to block a City Council subpoena requiring President Robert Brown to show up at a council committee hearing on Tuesday.
The council demanded Brown's presence after Councilor Tito Jackson reported he had been disrespected by Brown when Brown sent him a note the afternoon before an earlier council hearing that Brown could not make it.
Jackson is looking into the diversity of the workforce at local colleges and wants Brown to give an explanation of BU's numbers.
In recent months, the council has thrown its subpoena weight around, threatening to issue them against both the police commissioner and a local landlord. This is is the first time, however, that the council has issued a formal demand - which carries the risk of arrest if ignored.