Closing arguments begin in trial that will shape future of Detroit bankruptcy case

DETROIT – Attorneys objecting to Detroit’s state-appointed manager are making their final case to a judge who will determine if the city can fix its finances with bankruptcy.

Lawyer Sharon Levine says city and state officials were operating “under a cloak of secrecy” and had pursued bankruptcy since Gov. Rick Snyder’s earliest days in office. She represents the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Representatives of the state and city argue objectors are confusing careful and deliberate planning in a worsening crisis with pursuing bankruptcy at all costs.

Final arguments are continuing from the city, retiree groups, unions and pension funds.

The city filed for bankruptcy in July.