DETROIT — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced that all adjudicated and pending cases related to the pandemic emergency orders will be dismissed.
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in October that Governor Whitmer didn’t have the authority to issue emergency orders after April 30.
The Prosecutor’s Office said that the decision undercut the legal basis for nearly 1,800 cases that are now being dismissed.
“Gov. Whitmer’s leadership has prevented many of our citizens from contracting COVID-19,” Worthy said. “It is my earnest hope that people will continue to wear face masks, social distance, quarantine when warranted.”
Prior to the ruling, the Prosecutor’s Office and law enforcement agencies issued ordinance violations and misdemeanors to people who allegedly violated the Emergency Management Act, but upon the ruling the Prosecutor’s Office determined there was no legal basis to proceed.
Among the cases are 47 pending and 24 adjudicated cases in Dearborn, seven pending cases in Dearborn Heights, seven pending cases and seven adjudicated cases in Hamtramck and 1,632 adjudicated cases in Detroit.
“As a result of the Michigan Supreme Court ruling (the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office) conducted a review of the cases and it was determined that there is not a legal basis to proceed with them,” Worthy’s office said in a statement Monday. “(The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office) will be dismissing all adjudicated cases and all pending cases. It is important to note that the dismissal of these cases is not a reflection upon the conduct of any law enforcement agency, since the applicable law was followed at the time of the alleged offenses.”
Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said that any refunds related to fines or fees will be determined and ordered by the respective courts.