Dec. 16 hearing set to consider Detroit bankruptcy appeal to 6th Circuit

DETROIT Mon Dec 9, 2013 5:12pm EST

DETROIT Dec 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy on Monday set a hearing for Dec. 16 to consider whether to allow appeals of his ruling that declared Detroit eligible for bankruptcy protection to proceed straight to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will hold a hearing at 10 a.m EST (1500 GMT) to consider requests from city unions, retirees and pension funds to bypass the U.S. District Court and go to the appeals court.

Rhodes last week ruled that Detroit met the federal requirements for bankruptcy protection primarily because it was insolvent and negotiations with its creditors were not practical.

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legalscholar wrote:
In his opinion, Judge Rhodes stated that “fair” and “equitable” treatment of all the parties impacted by Detroit’s bankruptcy is required before he will approve any proposal by Detroit’s emergency manager to impair any retiree’s pension.

Well, let’s see how “fair” and “equitable” Judge Rhodes is.

The “fair” and “equitable” thing for all parties involved is to allow the appeal to be heard by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals as soon as possible. That court will be addressing major constitutional issues that have never been decided by the Supreme Court. And the sooner the case goes to the appellate court, the sooner it may get to the Supreme Court.

Dec 09, 2013 11:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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