CHICAGO — The fate of Detroit’s pensions was front and center Monday when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was questioned under oath in historic testimony as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy trial. 

Snyder’s testimony came on the fourth day of the eligibility phase of Detroit’s bankruptcy trial. Attorneys for the unions, pension funds, and retirees are trying to block the city from entering into Chapter 9 protection, relying in part on the argument that city and state officials did not negotiate in good faith with its creditors because they believed that only federal bankruptcy law would allow them to override Michigan’s constitutional protection of pensions.

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