Detroit bankruptcy judge to hear from residents

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit residents are getting a chance to tell a judge why they oppose their city’s bankruptcy, but they’ll have to be quick.

Nearly 100 people, including former city workers and longtime residents, are scheduled to speak Thursday to the bankruptcy judge. But they’ll have only three minutes each to make their case.

Detroit is the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy. Its state-appointed emergency manager says the city is buried under roughly $18 billion in liabilities, including underfunded pensions and bonds the city can’t pay off.

Judge Steven Rhodes set aside time to hear residents’ objections before considering several key issues that could slow down the case. Those include arguments from city retirees who say the bankruptcy could reduce their earned pensions in violation of the Michigan Constitution.

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