Governor to testify in Detroit bankruptcy trial

Governor, emergency manager scheduled to testify in trial to determine Detroit bankruptcy

Associated Press
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Protesters rally outside The Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The city of Detroit for months has disclosed the awful condition of its finances. Now it’s up to a judge to determine if the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history really can go forward. An unusual trial starts Wednesday, pitting Detroit’s emergency manager and his legal team against unions and pension funds that claim the city isn’t qualified to scrub its books clean under Chapter 9 bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's governor is scheduled to testify in a trial to determine whether Detroit is eligible to fix its troubled finances in bankruptcy court.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is scheduled to take the stand Monday afternoon. Snyder hired emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who filed for bankruptcy in July.

Orr is expected to resume testimony he started on Friday.

The trial began Wednesday and could end this week, but a decision on Detroit's eligibility appears to be weeks away. The judge has set a Nov. 13 deadline for lawyers to file legal briefs on certain issues.

A key question is whether the city held "good-faith" talks with creditors before the filing. Unions and pension funds say no.

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