US Judge Calls Harrisburg Bankruptcy Filing Illegal - US Business News - CNBC
While admitting that she typically doesn't consider matters of state and constitutional law, France had questioned Wednesday whether a four-month-old state law designed to temporarily prohibit a bankruptcy filing by Harrisburg had met state constitutional standards that demand transparency in the passage of legislation.
In the end, she said it did.
She also questioned whether a divided Harrisburg City Council indeed had the authority to go over the mayor's head and file for bankruptcy. After the arguments, she said it didn't.
This whole debacle goes back to a botched effort to rehab an ancient incinerator. The city went $300 million in debt over this project.