Every seat in the Michigan Supreme Court hearing room is full as the justices listened to oral arguments on whether a petition that would repeal a state law designed to right financially troubled cities should go before voters.
Attorneys for the Stand Up for Democracy coalition and Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility were readying Wednesday to present their cases concerning the emergency manager law.
Court visitors were warned that disturbances would not be tolerated.
However, outside the Hall of Justice, protesters who weren't allowed into the packed courtroom began to chant.
The Stand Up for Democracy coalition submitted over 200,000 valid signatures to put the repeal question on the November ballot. Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility claimed the font size on the petitions was too small.
State canvassers deadlocked and Michigan's Appeals Court later allowed the signatures, which was appealed to the state's high court.