We learn today that Gov. Snyder will not be required to disclose the names of other potential candidates that were on his short list for Detroit’s emergency manager. Federal court Judge Steven Rhodes facilitated a compromise that would protect the names of individuals Snyder considered for the job. The rationale being that it would violate their privacy and potentially jeopardize their current and future employment. (Speaks volumes on the public’s perceived ethics of an emergency manager.)
As Democracy Tree reported last month, Snyder had originally tried to claim executive privilege in a failed effort to sit-out his subpoena in the AFSCME suit against his seemingly hand-picked Detroit emergency manager, Kevyn Orr. Their suit challenges Orr’s decision to file chapter 9 bankruptcy and the governor’s role in the process.
Snyder is due to be deposed tomorrow, and then on Thursday it will be State Treasurer Andy Dillon, along with Snyder’s transformation manager Richard Baird, in back-to-back depositions.
The questioning will take place in the eastern district of Michigan’s federal court — with the operative word here being ”federal”. These courts are functioning under very limited resources during the partial government shutdown. Court spokesperson, Rod Hansen, recently disclosed that they would be able to do “pretty much business as usual” for about ten days, then all bets are off. Democracy Tree recently wrote about the dire effects of the ten-month long GOP sequestration on our federal courts in Michigan, and now with the piling-on of the shutdown, it will render them completely ineffectual.
Snyder is scheduled on day 9 of the shutdown, with Dillon and Baird on day ten. These dates were set well prior to the threat of the federal budgetary showdown.
If the federal court does shut down, it will bring the entire bankruptcy process to a near standstill, so no one gets a reprieve or an advantage — it’s just a holding pattern. But then, courts move so slowly to begin with, who will even notice?
Amy Kerr Hardin