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Michigan Prosecutor: Criminal Charges Possible Against Gov Whitmer Over COVID Deaths

Governor faces prosecution over nursing home deaths during coronavirus pandemic

 on 9th March 2021 @ 5.00pm
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer may face criminal charges over nursing home deaths

A Michigan prosecutor has indicated that the state's Democrat governor, Gretchen Whitmer, may be indicted on criminal charges over nursing home deaths linked to her administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido told ABC Detroit that his team is building a case against Gov. Whitmer's office.

Lucido revealed he is encouraging people who lost loved ones in nursing homes to go and get information from the facilities about the circumstances surrounding their loved ones’ death.

According to Lucido, he can’t access that information due to HIPAA laws.

Lucido is also urging people to file a wrongful death complaint with the police.

“If we find there’s been willful neglect of office if we find there’s been reckless endangerment of a person’s life by bringing them in then we would move forward with charges against the Governor,” Lucido said.

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New Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido warned 'Nobody’s above the law in this state'

“Of course, we would," Lucido added.

"Nobody’s above the law in this state,” he warned.

ABC Detroit reported that Lucido “will be meeting with Macomb County Police to instruct them on how to process and verify the information and bring it to his office."

"After becoming Prosecutor this year, Lucido asked fellow county prosecutors to form a Blue-Ribbon Committee for consistency investigating these cases," the report notes.

"That Association as a group declined and said Lucido should make the request to the Michigan Attorney General and feds. Lucido provided letters showing he did that last May.”

The report said that the U.S. Attorney’s Office would look into Lucido’s request but noted that the attorney general, presumably Michigan’s attorney general, apparently indicated that there was not enough to launch an investigation.

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Lucido is calling on the public to find out how their elderly relatives died

Whitmer’s office said in a statement:

Our top priority from the start has been protecting Michiganders, especially seniors and our most vulnerable.

The administration’s policies carefully tracked CDC guidance on nursing homes, and we prioritized testing of nursing home residents and staff to save lives.

Early in the pandemic, the state acted swiftly to create a network of regional hubs with isolation units and adequate PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within a facility.

In addition, we have offered 100 percent of nursing home resident priority access to the vaccine.

Both the former head of AARP, as well as an independent U-M study, praised our work to save lives in nursing homes.

Mr. Lucido’s comments are shameful political attacks based in neither fact nor reality.

Even his former colleague, Republican Sen. Ed McBroom, has said they “have not seen any evidence or testimony that says that a nursing home was forced to take someone against their will.”

And there’s a reason why Mr. Lucido’s colleagues have publicly rebuked this politically-motivated waste of taxpayer dollars.

Michiganders are tired of these petty partisan games, and we won’t be distracted by them either.

“Gov. Whitmer and her administration continue to refuse to answer questions regarding nursing home deaths,” Ted Goodman, Communications Director for the Michigan Republican Party, said in a statement.

“Michiganders deserve to know the true impact of Gov. Whitmer’s orders and we need transparency, now.”

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