Michigan Judge Rules Detroit Bankruptcy Unconstitutional | Roland Martin Reports

Michigan Judge Rules Detroit Bankruptcy Unconstitutional

Source: Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press / USA Today

LANSING, Mich — An Ingham County judge says Thursday’s historic Detroit bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution and state law and must be withdrawn.

But Attorney General Bill Schuette said he will appeal Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Friday rulings and seek emergency consideration from the Michigan Court of Appeals. He wants her orders stayed pending the appeals, he said in a news release.

In a spate of orders Friday arising from three separate lawsuits, Aquilina said Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr must take no further actions that threaten to diminish the pension benefits of City of Detroit retirees.

“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,” Aquilina said. “Plaintiffs shouldn’t have been blindsided,” and “this process shouldn’t have been ignored.”

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