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Detroit bankruptcy judge will be witness in trial
DETROIT (AP) - A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy case will get a view of justice from the other side of the bench.
Judge Steven Rhodes is listed as a witness in a trial involving a man who prepared paperwork for people filing bankruptcy petitions. Derrick Hills of Inkster is charged with contempt of court. He's accused of violating orders to stop preparing petitions unless under the eye of an attorney.
Hills, who's not a lawyer, says he hasn't been acting illegally. He claims bankruptcy attorneys who are losing business are trying to gang up on him with the help of judges.
Bankruptcy preparation can be legitimate work for non-lawyers but there are restrictions. The contempt trial in front of federal Judge Sean Cox could last all week.