Michigan County prosecutor dismisses all charges related to Whitmer’s violation of COVID-19 orders

Wayne County, Michigan, Attorney said Monday she would dismiss all charges related to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) violation of COVID-19 executive orders after a state Supreme Court ruling.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office released 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.

The Wayne County Attorney’s Office (WCPO) cited a Michigan Supreme Court decision decision which determined that Whitmer did not have the authority to extend the state of emergency past April 30, 2020, meaning she could not issue or renew an emergency coronavirus order beyond from this date.

The district attorney’s office said he and law enforcement issued violations and misdemeanors associated with violations of governor’s orders prior to the ruling, in accordance with applicable law at the time.

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 to proceed with them,” the office statement said. “WCPO will dismiss all adjudicated cases and all pending cases.”

“Governor Whitmer’s leadership has prevented many of our fellow citizens from contracting COVID-19,” Worthy said in a statement. “However, given the Supreme Court’s decision, WCPO will no longer use criminal prosecutions to enforce the Governor’s Executive Order. I sincerely hope that people will continue to wear face masks, socially distance, and self-quarantine when warranted. »

The Michigan Supreme Court issued its decision 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 pandemic began, Wayne County has confirmed more than 61,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 2,000 deaths, according to state data.

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