- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A judge is giving critics their day in court in Detroit’s bankruptcy trial.

Judge Steven Rhodes invited nearly three dozen people to speak and even grill city lawyers Wednesday. One woman was allowed to testify while wearing a big floppy hat.

The objectors include residents, city retirees and former council member JoAnn Watson, who says Detroit suffered because the state failed to pay millions of dollars in revenue sharing. Other speakers are upset over pension cuts and the recoupment of generous annuity payments.

The bankruptcy trial is nearing an end. Rhodes must decide whether Detroit’s exit plan is fair and feasible. It includes spending more than $1 billion to improve city services, ending city-paid health insurance for retirees and shedding billions in debt.

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