A county prosecutor in Michigan announced Monday that she will dismiss more than 1,600 ordinance violations and misdemeanor citations involving violations of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency orders that have been determined to violate the state Constitution.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office (WCPO) released a statement citing a 1945 Michigan Supreme Court ruling that determined Whitmer did not have authority to issue or renew any COVID-19 state of emergency orders after April 30, 2020.
Prior to the ruling, the WCPO and Michigan law enforcement issued ordinance violations and misdemeanors to those who allegedly violated the emergency orders.
From April to October of 2020, Michigan police enforced emergency orders by the Whitmer administration that limited social gatherings, commerce and other activity.
Whitmer’s mandates were some of the most restrictive coronavirus policies in the country.
As a result of the ruling, the WCPO conducted a review of the violations and determined there was not a legal basis to proceed with them.
“WCPO will be dismissing all adjudicated cases and all pending cases,” the statement said.
“Governor Whitmer’s leadership has prevented many of our citizens from contracting COVID-19,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in the statement. “However, considering the Supreme Court’s decision, WCPO will no longer use criminal prosecution to enforce the Governor’s Executive Order. It is my earnest hope that people will continue to wear face masks, social distance, and quarantine when warranted.”
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“When President Trump was questioning these things, when I would question these things, when any sane person would question these things, the Democrats tried to make everyone look like they wanted to kill their grandmother and that we were conspiracy theorists” adds Carter.
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