Michigan County Prosecutor dismisses all charges related to violation of Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders
Wayne County, Michigan, District Attorney said on Monday she would dismiss all charges related to the Gov. violation. Gretchen whitmerGretchen WhitmerOvernight Health Care: Pfizer recall may be crucial against omicron Whitmer says Biden vaccine mandate “a problem for all of us” Biden proposals trigger phase 2 of supply chain crisis MORE‘s (D) COVID-19 decrees after a state Supreme Court ruling.
Prosecutor’s Office Kym Worthy issued a statement announcing that the nearly 1,700 cases in the county involving violations of Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions, most of which were in Detroit, would be dismissed.
Wayne County Attorney’s Office (WCPO) cited a Michigan Supreme Court decision that determined Whitmer did not have the authority to extend the state of emergency after April 30, 2020, meaning she could not issue or renew emergency coronavirus orders beyond from that date.
The prosecutor’s office said it and law enforcement had issued violations and misdemeanors associated with violations of the governor’s orders prior to the ruling, in accordance with applicable law at the time.
The violations included disobeying orders on gatherings, business closings and other emergency orders from Whitmer.
After reviewing the cases, “it was determined that there was no legal basis for dealing with them,” the office statement said. âThe WCPO will dismiss all adjudicated cases and all pending cases. “
âGovernor Whitmer’s leadership has kept many of our citizens from contracting COVID-19,â Worthy said in a statement. âHowever, in view of the Supreme Court ruling, the WCPO will no longer use criminal prosecution to enforce the governor’s decree. I sincerely hope that people continue to wear face masks, social distancing and quarantine when this is justified. “
The Michigan Supreme Court issued its ruling denying Whitmer the power to extend the state of emergency in October. The governor’s office had asked the court to postpone the promulgation of its decision so that there could be “an orderly transition”, which the court rejected. days later.
Since the start of the pandemic, Wayne County has confirmed more than 61,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 2,000 deaths, according to state data.