A bankruptcy lawyer handling the Chapter 9 filing by Bridgeport, Conn., yesterday voiced confidence in the case, despite charges that the city has overstepped legal boundaries by seeking bankruptcy court protection.

"The city recognized there's a certain element of risk," said Richard D. Zeisler, a corporate bankruptcy lawyer with the Bridgeport firm Zeisler & Zeisler who was retained to represent the city. "But we feel we can prevail."

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