New email raises questions about hiring of Kevyn Orr and Jones Day in Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has obtained new email that suggests Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and his former law firm Jones Day were a package deal and hand picked by Governor Rick Snyder weeks before any formal action was taken. 

The email raise question of transparency.

Also from court today, Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has decisions pending over whether cases against Detroit can continue in other courts. 

One was filed by the NAACP challenging the constitutionality of Michigan Emergency Manager Law that is pending in Federal Court with Judge George Steeh. Another is a civil suit seeking damages against the city in a cop murder suicide. 

In 2009, Detroit Police Officer Patricia Williams was killed by her husband Detroit Homicide Detective Ed Williams who then turned the gun on himself.

The suit from Patricia's mother claims two Detroit Police ranking officers protected Ed Williams from criminal prosecution when he assaulted his wife in the days leading up to killing her. 

Judge Rhodes did lift the automatic stay to allow a Michigan Administrative Law Judge to rule on a pending case between the AFSCME Union and the city over the 13th check that was issued to retirees for years, then stopped by the Detroit City Council in 2011. 

That Administrative Law Judge is set to retire on Friday. 

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