- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - After serving on the bench for 26 years, the federal judge responsible for rescuing Detroit from bankruptcy is retiring from his position and turning to the private sector.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen, 65, is retiring from the federal bench Tuesday and opening a Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services branch in Detroit on Wednesday.

“I’ve had 32 years in public service. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Rosen said. “But this is the time to try something new.”

Rosen is known for engineering an $820 million deal that helped the city exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in just 18 months. He also overturned Michigan’s ban on partial-birth abortions, overturned three terrorism convictions in the Detroit Sleeper Cell case and improved the Eastern District’s jury pool diversity.

“People are going to judge the value of my service based on the larger cases I handled,” Rosen said. “I hope people will believe I was a fair judge, not afraid to make the hard calls.”

He said he has no plans to run for any office.

U.S. Chief District Judge Denise Paige Hood says there’s no timeline for when a new judge will be appointed, but the judge will likely be based in Flint.

“We are all working here together, and we are going to work here a long time. He generated friendship and a family-like feeling at the court,” Hood said of Rosen. “And he loves being a judge. He enthusiastically loves being a judge.”


Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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