DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's bankruptcy is hitting a courtroom for the first time as a judge considers what to do with challenges from retirees who claim their pensions are protected by the Michigan Constitution.
The city wants U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to put a stop to lawsuits in other courts, especially after a judge said state officials ignored the constitution and acted illegally in approving the bankruptcy last week.
Rhodes has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). The state appeals court stalled three cases challenging the bankruptcy Tuesday.
As lawyers for some of the thousands of creditors arrived at the courthouse Wednesday, they passed protesters holding a banner saying: "Cancel Detroit's debt. The banks owe us."
The case is expected to last at least a year.