The Judge asked Nicholson to simply answer the question. He couldn’t Stewart ended his cross.

The point Stewart was trying to make was that the UAW was offering to lead a process that would have taken longer than the city had cash to survive on, hoping to put to rest the notion that the UAW had a solution that the city did not respond to.

11:20 a.m.

On the stand now: Janet Witsome of Redford, a plaintiff in the Flowers litigation. She is a former Detroit Librarian. She is 66 years old and retired.

UAW Local 2200 list serve… there was a request for a person who wanted to be part of a lawsuit and I volunteered.

Her attorney is William Wortheimer and he is doing the cross examination. 

Wortheimer wrapped up his questioning with a line of questions that established she is a former UAW local president, is divorced, gets city health insurance gets a $2500 a month pension.

Wortheimer: Why did you become involved in the Flowers Litigation

Witsome: “I had always understood it [her pension] was protected by state law. Suddenly I was reading in the paper that it might not be. I decided I had better get involved.

Wortheimer wrapped up his questioning. The city cross examined and completed it without eliciting much information. Witsome is now off the stand.

Up Next is former state treasurer Andy Dillon.

11:50 a.m.

Wortheimer is questioning Dillon regarding the consent agreement, whether he understood how investment banker Ken Buckfire was using the Jones Day lawfirm in June of 2012 and why the law firm was not charging the state legal bills at the time.

Dillon said Buckfire had the relationship with Jones Day, Buckfire was working with the city on negotiating a consent agreement and he would deal with Jones Day on that basis.

Wortheimer to Dillon: Did you have discussions in March of 2012 that there might be a bankruptcy filing at that time?

Dillon: I don’t recall.

Wortheimer has an exhibit put on the screen.

City objected on hearsay grounds. Judge says no question has been asked.

Wortheimer said considering the objection he showed an exhibit and asks Dillon to read the memo to see if it refreshes him memory of the question regarding a bankruptcy filing discussion ever happened.

12: 15 p.m.

Former treasurer Andy Dillon takes several minutes to read the memo offered as an exhibit in the case.

Wortheimer: re-asks the question.

Dillon: It was a topic of conversation. We wanted a consent agreement at the time. Chapter nine was always an option.  It wasn’t front and center

Wortheimer shows a memo from Jones Day attorney Corinne Ball to a Laura  Marcero of Huron consulting.


Wortheimer asks about that emailed memo: