Detroit Bankruptcy Judge To Hear From Residents

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Nearly 100 people opposed to Detroit's bankruptcy are getting their day in court, a few minutes each to tell a judge why they believe the city isn't eligible.

Judge Steven Rhodes has set aside Thursday morning and part of the afternoon to hear objections if people want to speak. He'll then listen to separate arguments on key issues that could slow down the entire case.

Lawyers for city retirees want Rhodes to call a time-out to allow another judge to decide if Detroit's bankruptcy conflicts with the Michigan constitution and other legal precedents. For example, the constitution says earned pension benefits can't be reduced, but those benefits are being targeted by emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

The retirees claim a bankruptcy judge isn't empowered to address those issues.

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