Gov. Rick Snyder agreed Tuesday to face questions under oath about why he authorized a Detroit bankruptcy under terms of a deal that slows the pace of the biggest Chapter 9 filing in U.S. history.
The deal was hatched on the sidelines of a bankruptcy hearing Tuesday after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes grilled a state lawyer about a last-ditch attempt to shield Snyder and members of the administration from being deposed in the case.
The forthcoming depositions mark a victory for city unions that are trying to prove the city negotiated in bad faith before filing bankruptcy July 18. Snyder must sit for a three-hour deposition on an as yet unscheduled date, under terms brokered Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, Rhodes delayed hearing arguments from creditors based on legal issues surrounding the city’s eligibility for bankruptcy relief. Scores of creditors have objected to the city’s eligibility and have asked for more time to question Snyder and obtain discovery, including emails and other documents.
Rhodes moved the hearing from Sept. 18 to Oct. 15 in a move that delays the city’s fast-track bankruptcy case.
Read all of today’s developments below: