Judge picked to oversee Detroit bankruptcy case

DETROIT (AP) - An experienced judge has been appointed to handle Detroit's bankruptcy.

Steven Rhodes has been a judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for nearly 30 years. He was appointed Friday by Alice Batchelder, chief judge at the federal appeals court that covers Michigan.

Rhodes has the endorsement of the chief judge at the Bankruptcy Court as well as many federal judges across the street at U.S. District Court.

Rhodes is described by colleague Phillip Shefferly as one of the "most accomplished" in his field in the country. He says Rhodes was the unanimous choice of other judges at the court.

Rhodes has presided over many complex cases, including a Chapter 9 filing.

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