Bankrupt Cities

Judge Halts Detroit Bankruptcy Proceedings

Says constitutional requirements weren't met, and it didn't honor the president. Really.


Ruling that the governor and Detroit's emergency manager violated the state constitution, an Ingham County Circuit judge ordered Friday that Detroit's federal bankruptcy filing be withdrawn.

"It's absolutely needed," said Judge Rosemary Aquilina, observing she hopes Gov. Rick Snyder "reads certain sections of the (Michigan) constitution and reconsiders his actions."

Aquilina's ruling should quickly move state-level legal skirmishing over the Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy strategy into the Michigan Court of Appeals.

NEXT: Police Chief Suspended After Domestic Assault, Which Came After Disorderly Conduct

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. You left out the best quote from the article:

    “It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

    Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.

    “I know he’s watching this,” she said, predicting the president ultimately will have to take action to make sure existing pension commitments are honored.

    “I’m forwarding a copy of this ruling to the President! You’re dishonoring what he did to take GM and Chrysler out of bankruptcy!” Huh?

    1. “The Good Tsar will make things right when he hears of this.”

      Just where does Judge Aquilina think the Great Unicorn Rider will get the money for this?

  2. I hope her pension takes one of the first and worst hits. More blatant partisanship is hard to imagine.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.