In a transparently political move by a judge who is transparently hoping that our hyper-partisan president will appoint her to a better job, Ingham County (Michigan) Circuit Judge Rosemary Aquilina has ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing violates the state constitution's prohibition on actions which would "diminish" pension benefits.
My take is that Aquilina will be overruled on appeal based on federal preemption and the absolute necessity of the bankruptcy. In other worse, either the pensions will be diminished some (admittedly large) amount now or even more later.
In her ruling, the judge offered this remarkable statement (according to reporting by the Detroit News), one which should make everyone who believes in the rule of law shudder:
“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work. It’s also not honoring the president, who took (General Motors and Chrysler) out of bankruptcy.”
Speaking of President Obama, Aquilina said “I know he’s watching this.”
What is this, Venezeula? Cuba? Russia?
A sad and disgusting day for the rule of law in the United States.