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Michigan Supreme Court Denies Gov. Whitmer – They Just Put An End To Her Lockdown Extensions
By Ben Dutka|October 13, 2020
Michigan Supreme Court Denies Gov. Whitmer – They Just Put An End To Her Lockdown Extensions

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was quick to issue strict lockdown orders to protect her state from the pandemic.

The Governor locked down businesses across the region in an effort to stem the tide. And she enacted her emergency powers to make it happen.

However, a high court recently ruled that those emergency orders must cease. And though Whitmer protested, that decision must remain.

The Michigan State Supreme Court has made their final decision:

Whitmer had requested that her orders would remain in place until October 30. But it isn’t going to happen.

And the Supreme Court’s decision was almost unanimous, too.

Via The Daily Wire:

The Michigan State Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an Oct. 2 decision striking down Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders is effective immediately.

The court decided in a 6-1 ruling to deny Whitmer’s request to allow her orders to stay in place until Oct. 30.

The court ruled that “executive orders issued under that act are of no continuing legal effect.

And that order is effective immediately, much to the Democrat leader’s chagrin.

But Michigan Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, a Republican, clearly voiced his approval for the decision:

Another big win at the Supreme Court today!

The law is the law, and partisan politics can’t change that. The people will finally have their voices heard in this process.

The court didn’t stop there, though.

They issued another decision – in a closer 4-3 ruling – that Whitmer didn’t have the authority to extend her emergency orders past April 30.

This has an immediate impact on the governor’s past orders.

It also means that other parts of Whitmer’s emergency order will disappear unless the Governor is willing to work with the state legislature.

Across the nation, lawmakers and politicians are calling out emergency power orders by certain governors.

Many claim they overstepped their authority, and enacted unnecessarily harsh restrictions. So expect to see more court cases in the near future.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Michigan State Supreme Court has denied Governor Whitmer’s request for an extension of her emergency orders.
  • They also recently ruled that her extension of the orders beyond April 30 was beyond her power.
  • Republicans claim this as a big victory.
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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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