The Detroit skyline rises behind the Monument to Joe Louis, also known as "The Fist," Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Gov. Rick Snyder has agreed to answer questions in a deposition about his decision to let Detroit file for bankruptcy protection.
Attorneys for Snyder and other state officials had been resisting testifying based on executive privilege. They've now changed course and informed Judge Steven Rhodes during a hearing Tuesday.
Unions opposed to the bankruptcy say Snyder's sworn testimony is important. They say Detroit is ineligible for Chapter 9, a process that could let the city shed billions in long-term debt.
Union lawyer Sharon Levine says Snyder's testimony is necessary to understand the motive behind the decision to file for bankruptcy. Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed on July 18 with the governor's required blessing.
Rhodes has scheduled an Oct. 23 trial to determine if Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy.