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Published: Monday, 10/21/2013

Gov. Snyder could testify in Detroit bankruptcy trial

ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT  — The judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy case suggests he wouldn’t oppose having Gov. Rick Snyder testify at a key hearing.

A trial starts Wednesday to determine if Detroit is eligible to restructure itself in bankruptcy court. Snyder recently gave sworn testimony during an interview with lawyers for employee unions, but the United Auto Workers says it has issued subpoenas to the governor and other high-ranking state officials.

Snyder’s attorney, Matthew Schneider, believes live testimony from the governor is unnecessary after the deposition. But Judge Steven Rhodes says deposition testimony usually fits only when a witness isn’t available for a court hearing.

Rhodes asked why the process should be different in the Detroit bankruptcy.

Snyder signed off on the recommendation to file for Chapter 9 protection in July.



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