Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will dismiss every pending and adjudicated cases in the county tied to COVID-19 executive orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, Local 4 reports.
This decision was made several months after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Whitmer did not have the authority to issue orders after April 30, 2020.
Before the court’s ruling, the Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement issued ordinance violations and misdemeanors to individuals who reportedly violated the Emergency Management Act, per the report. But with the court’s ruling, the Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the cases and “determined that there is not a legal basis to proceed with them,” according to the report
Over 1,600 cases are in Detroit, according to the report.
“Governor Whitmer’s leadership has prevented many of our citizens from contracting COVID-19,” said Prosecutor Kym Worthy in the story. “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, quarantine when warranted.”