(PatrioticPost.com)- Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer received another legal defeat on Monday when the state’s Supreme Court told her that her excessive lockdown orders are no longer in effect. It’s a crushing defeat for the Democratic governor who was one of the first state leaders to impose excessive lockdown orders that even banned people from purchasing “non-essential” goods from the store.
Back on October 2, the Supreme Court ruled that the law used by Whitmer to justify her declaration of a state of emergency was not applicable and that her decision to go ahead with it was unconstitutional. The ruling meant that her executive orders were avoided.
However, Whitmer refuses to accept the ruling and said that the orders she put in place would remain in place until October 30. The Democratic governor wanted the people of her state to be impacted by the rules for weeks more.
At the time, she implied that the Supreme Court only made the decision because of a narrow majority of Republican justices. She said that she “vehemently” disagreed with their ruling.
“Right now, every state and the federal government have some form of declared emergency,” she added. “With this decision, Michigan will become the sole outlier at a time when the Upper Peninsula is experiencing rates of COVID infection not seen in our state since April.”
CNN reported how last Monday Whitmer argued that the October 30 date was set to allow for there to be an orderly transition where the existing measures could be put under “alternative executive authority” – but the Supreme Court smacked that down, too.
State justices ruled 4-3 that the orders that Whitmer issued under the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act were “of no continuing legal effect.”
While Governor Whitmer may think it is an assault on her role or powers as a governor, the majority of the Supreme Court said that the ruling means that the governor and state legislature have “many avenues” to “work together in a cooperative spirit and constitutional manner to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Following the ruling, however, Whitmer immediately introduced new rules that require people to wear face coverings and limit the number of people they meet in public with.