CHICAGO — Detroit's federal bankruptcy judge urged the appellate court to reject an appeal of his recent rulings on the city's eligibility for Chapter 9 and declined to recommend an expedited appeal process.

Early last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes said he would certify a direct appeal by creditors to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on his Dec. 3 eligibility ruling and finding that pensions are not automatically protected in bankruptcy. That allows objectors to bypass the district court level. At the time, he did not rule on their request to recommend an expedited appeal process.

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