Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of Ingham County, Michigan has ruled that the Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing by the City of Detroit on yesterday (July 18) was unconstitutional.
“I have some very serious concerns because there was this rush to bankruptcy court that didn’t have to occur and shouldn’t have occurred,” said the judge in her ruling. The ruling is in response to three separate lawsuits filed by city pension funds which provide benefits to retired city employees. “Plaintiffs shouldn’t have been blindsided,” and “this process shouldn’t have been ignored,” Aquilina said.
However, The Detroit Free Press is still reporting that a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes, who is a native of Detroit, has been assigned to oversee the historic bankruptcy case. The first words in the story: “It’s official.”
Meanwhile, Michigan Governor has stated that the Detroit bankruptcy filing is “not about a bailout.”
The historic bankruptcy filing has been a trending topic on Twitter since the historic filing yesterday.