Nessel Will No Longer Enforce Governor’s Executive Orders Through Prosecution

Lansing, MI — Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a press release in response to the Michigan Supreme Court’s recent decision on Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.

She said, “In light of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday, the Attorney General will no longer enforce the Governor’s Executive Orders through criminal prosecution. However, her decision is not binding on other law enforcement agencies or state departments with independent enforcement authority. It’s her fervent hope that people continue to abide by the measures that Governor Whitmer put in place – like wearing face masks, adhering to social distancing requirements and staying home when sick – since they’ve proven effective at saving lives. If it weren’t for the Governor’s actions, countless more of our friends, family and neighbors would have been lost to COVID-19. We can respect both the court’s decision and the advice of medical experts by continuing with these important measures voluntarily.”

There is still confusion on when exactly the Governor’s emergency powers end and which orders will cease. The Governor claims her emergency powers are in effect until October 23rd and many of the measures “put in place to control the spread of the virus will continue under alternative sources of authority” that were not affected by the Supreme Court ruling.

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand