Holdout creditors want to block Detroit’s lawyers from taking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on a tour of the city, arguing security could be jeopardized if the route through one of the country’s most dangerous cities is publicized in advance.
Three creditors — Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp., Berkshire Hathaway Assurance Corp. and Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp. — asked Rhodes Tuesday to scuttle the three-hour blight and crime tour, arguing it is risky, irrelevant and unprecedented in bankruptcy court.
“The risk that details of the bus tour could leak in advance, or be discovered by the media while the tour is in progress — or indeed could be revealed through live reporting on social media — creates not only security risks but also the possibility that interested persons or groups could seek to alter conditions or stage incidents or confrontations at the proposed viewing locations,” lawyers Lawrence Larose and Alfredo Perez wrote in a court filing.
Detroit’s bankruptcy team proposed the tour to give Rhodes a first-hand glimpse of the city’s conditions, which could be mitigated if the judge approves a plan to restructure $18 billion in debt.
The city has proposed having the U.S. Marshals Service or other security personnel accompany the judge and creditor lawyers during the tour.
The date is unscheduled and would not be made public. When the tour idea came up during a court hearing in May, Rhodes was agreeable, saying: “I do think it would be valuable.”
Tour stops have not been finalized, but the trip includes visits to the Detroit Institute of Arts, rail lines and downtown redevelopment areas. “The city will take all necessary precautions,” Bill Nowling, spokesman for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, said Tuesday.
“There will be no safety issues.” The city’s legal team suggested the tour will help Rhodes put into context evidence he will hear about blight.
Who can forget the abortive plan of Detroit Emergency Manager Keyvn Orr, proposed in July of 2013, to take Detroit’s creditors on a tour of the city? That tour would have included armed guards and a signed release form excusing the city of Detroit from injuries or death. [ by Robert Snell, The Detroit News, July 9, 2013]
Oh, but it gets better. [Lawyer: Creditors want to shield judge from Detroit's 'human reality', Detroit News, 6-24-14]:
Holdout creditors are trying to keep U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes from seeing the real Detroit — the good, the bad and the ugly — by protesting his planned bus tour of the city, the city’s bankruptcy lawyers argue.
Instead, creditors want the judge to view video and photos of the blight and crime-ridden city in a sterile courtroom environment, the city’s legal team said in a filing late Monday. The city is trying to overcome objections filed by several creditors, including and bond insurers.“What the objectors really mean is that they do not want the court to come face-to-face with the human reality that is the flip side of the cold, sterile numbers,” lawyer Deborah Kovsky-Apap wrote. “But just because the objectors would rather the court did not see certain evidence does not make that evidence irrelevant.”
Three creditors — Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp., Berkshire Hathaway Assurance Corp. and Guaranty Insurance Corp. — have asked Rhodes to scuttle the three-hour tour, arguing it is risky, irrelevant and unprecedented in bankruptcy court. They argued everyone’s security could be compromised if the bus route and details are leaked in advance.There is no "human reality" in 83 percent black Detroit; there is the "black reality" found in 7.8 percent white Detroit.
There is no need for armed guards or waivers to be signed for tours of the almost all-white suburbs surrounding Detroit, for the people who call those communities "home" are the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, granddaughters and grandsons of the white people who once made the city the Arsenal of Democracy.
Now, Detroit is nothing more than the face of the failure of democracy.
America is at the Malthusian Edge.
It's incredible how so many want to look back, believing there still something worth going back to save.
It's sad how so few are willing to look at the uncertainty over the edge, and realize it's our only hope of salvation.
After all, there's no word on if the bus tour would have originated from the Rosa Parks Transit Center (where armed guards would have escorted the judge) in Detroit, one of the more violent public transportation systems in America. [Transit officers start riding Detroit buses, targeting violence and disorder, Detroit News, 5-7-2014]:
The city’s new Transit Police force is starting to establish its presence on Detroit’s crime-ridden buses.
On Monday, the first transit officers began riding Detroit Department of Transportation buses and carving out morning and afternoon shifts for both plainclothes and uniformed members, said Detroit Transit Police Officers Association President Arthur Divers.
The centralized unit, being overseen by the Transit Police Officers union, is seeking to curb violence and keep order at the Rosa Parks Transit Center and on troubled city bus routes.
“We are going to be tackling the crime and putting officers where they are needed most,” Divers told The Detroit News on Tuesday. “(We will) focus on the lines that have the most crime and criminal activity.”The Lockean Dream Implodes, indeed.
There's no "human reality" in Detroit.
It's the reality of blackness, where civilization once flourished in its absence.