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Judge: Gov. Snyder Can’t Be Asked EM Prospects’ Names

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Detroit's emergency manager Kevin Orr (right) discuss Detroit's bankruptcy filing at a news conference July 19, 2013 in Detroit. (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Detroit’s emergency manager Kevin Orr (right) discuss Detroit’s bankruptcy filing at a news conference July 19, 2013 in Detroit. (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A federal judge has ruled that the names of Detroit emergency manager candidates may be redacted from documents requested during depositions of Gov. Rick Snyder and two others as part of the city’s bankruptcy petition.

Judge Steven Rhodes also signed an order Tuesday prohibiting lawyers representing Detroit unions from asking Snyder, Treasurer Andy Dillon and Snyder’s transformation manager Richard Baird to identify candidates not hired for the job.

Snyder will be questioned by lawyers for city creditors during a deposition set for Wednesday at the governor’s office in Lansing.

Dillon and Baird will be questioned Thursday.

The state had said that disclosing the candidates’ names would violate their privacy and could damage the current jobs of some because their employers are not aware of their interest in the emergency manager job.

Bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr, who was hired as emergency manager by the state in March, in July filed for Chapter 9 protection on behalf of the city, which is suffocating under an estimated $18 billion in debt.

Judge Rhodes will determine later this month if the bankruptcy should go forward.

[Detroit Bankruptcy: Complete Coverage]

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