Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Won't Delay Proceedings

Law360, New York (July 22, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT) -- The newly appointed bankruptcy judge overseeing Detroit’s Chapter 9 case on Monday cast aside retirees’ efforts to halt the insolvency proceedings, saying he has jurisdiction over the matter despite a state judge’s ruling challenging the constitutionality of the bankruptcy.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes’ order came shortly after Detroit’s two retirement systems urged him to delay proceedings until an appeal of County Circuit Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina’s Friday ruling — which found that the bankruptcy petition was in violation of the state constitution because it...
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