Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is a reminder that the judicial activism of generations of judges creates a high level of unprofessionalism in succeeding generations of men and women on the bench until they no longer really understand what they can and can’t do.
But the other factor here is that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is an elected official in a state where unions have a death grip on local elections. The law she’s following is the law of “You rub my back and I’ll rub yours.”
Finally the judge is a former aide to a Democratic state senator. So if there’s any doubt at all as to her ideological orientation, that should dispel it.
Ruling that the governor and Detroit’s emergency manager violated the state constitution, an Ingham County Circuit judge ordered Friday that Detroit’s federal bankruptcy filing be withdrawn.
“It’s absolutely needed,” said Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, observing she hopes Gov. Rick Snyder “reads certain sections of the (Michigan) constitution and reconsiders his actions.”
Judges rarely read constitutions. They make them up as they go along.
“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”
Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.
“I know he’s watching this,” she said, predicting the president ultimately will have to take action to make sure existing pension commitments are honored.
That’s a political speech that Judge Rosemary Aquilina is giving and she’s tipping her hand rather obviously that she wants Obama to rescue her from oblivion and give her a Federal judgeship and maybe something even bigger.
Meanwhile Detroit’s recovery will continue to be crippled as the same Democratic politicians who have destroyed it will go on destroying it.