Democrat Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian lockdown orders have finally been struck down by the state’s Supreme Court after months of infighting.
The court’s decision marks a major win for the state’s GOP legislators that have been pushing back against the orders that have decimated the state’s economy and infringed on the rights of state residents.
Fox News reported on Saturday:
The court ruled 4-3 that Whitmer’s decision to declare a state of emergency without approval from state legislators was unconstitutional, citing the 1976 Emergency Management Act, which states that “after 28 days, the governor shall issue an executive order… declaring the state of disaster terminated” or request an extension.
The plaintiffs in the case were health care providers who could not perform nonessential medical procedures due to the extension, according to the majority opinion.
“The court has restored the voices of 10 million Michiganders by reaffirming the constitutional protections of checks and balances afforded through the separation of powers,” Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs at the Mackinac Center, which brought the lawsuit against Whitmer that led to the decision, said in a statement.
Whitmer issued a defiant statement soon after the ruling, saying that she “vehemently disagrees” with the decision and is “deeply disappointed” by the court’s actions.
Whitmer also triumphantly noted that the ruling does “not take effect for at least 21 days,” and that lockdown rules will stay in place until then. After the 21 days expires, Whitmer said that “many of the responsive measures will continue under alternative sources of authority.”
One of the plantiffs in the case, Dr. Randall Baker, said she and two other medical practitioners are “thankful for the rule of justice and that we can put patients first, like we’ve been trained and desire to do,” adding, “it’s a great day for the people of Michigan.”