Politics & Government
3:02 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Bankruptcy judge to rule whether Snyder can be made to testify

The judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy says he'll decide whether Governor Snyder and other state officials have to testify under oath about their decisions leading up to bankruptcy.

Union attorneys say Governor Snyder may have intended to take the city into bankruptcy all along, even before he hired an emergency manager.

If that's true, they say the city couldn't have negotiated with creditors in good faith.

That's a requirement for bankruptcy. 

But the state's attorneys say deposing Governor Snyder isn't relevant to this case.

The state also says the unions are just trying to hold up the bankruptcy process.

Judge Steven Rhodes says he'll hear this case on September 10.

Some media outlets, including Michigan Radio, wrongly reported that Rhodes had already decided to make Snyder testify.