(WXYZ) - Did the State of Michigan pull a fast one in the race to get Detroit's Chapter 9 Bankruptcy filed before city pensioners could stop them?
In court transcripts, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, "There was a rush to bankruptcy court that didn't have to occur and should not have occurred." The judge also said the pensioners were "blindsided" by the bankruptcy filing.
The legal drama started around 3:30 Thursday afternoon when attorneys for the city pensioners went to court in Lansing and filed an emergency motion to stop the bankruptcy.
According to them and court transcripts, a few minutes later, someone from Michigan's Attorney General's office called on behalf of the governor and asked to delay the hearing until they could get to the court house. Judge Aquilina agreed.
Around 4:15, Judge Aquilina took the bench and learned just minutes earlier, Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy electronically.
The attorney general's office is not commenting. Orr tells Action News, everything is being handled above board.