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AFSCME asks judge to allow questioning of Michigan officials

DETROIT (WKZO) -- A Detroit labor union is asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to allow its attorneys to question state officials, including Governor Rick Snyder, about the city's filing for Chapter 9 protection.

Late last week, the office of the Michigan Attorney General requested that Rhodes protect state officials from answering questions under oath from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25.  Sunday, AFSCME lawyers objected to the state's motion, claiming the depositions are needed to provide information on the events that led Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to file for bankruptcy.

The state is also asking Rhodes to not let attorneys from the United Auto Workers depose officials on the behalf of the Retired Detroit Police Members Association.  Rhodes has not yet ruled on the motions.