LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – In her latest attack on her political rival, Matthew DePerno, who is running to be Michigan’s next Attorney General, Dana Nessel, tweeted out a condemnation of DePerno on Thursday when he told his followers to tune in to listen to Steve Bannon’s show on Real America’s Voice.
Nessel tweeted, “I like attorneys general who DON’T pal around with criminals who defy subpoenas,
get held in contempt and have pending sentencing hearings. Matt, you are literally running to be the
top prosecutor in Michigan. Demanding compliance with legal orders is part of the job.”
I like attorneys general who DON’T pal around with criminals who defy subpoenas, get held in contempt and have pending sentencing hearings.
Matt, you are literally running to be the top prosecutor in Michigan. Demanding compliance with legal orders is part of the job. https://t.co/9ad9widgXT
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) August 4, 2022
It wasn’t the first time that she had questioned if DePerno was a “law and order” candidate. What’s missing from the conversation is Nessel’s own history of refusing to follow laws that she doesn’t like and her selective enforcement of laws which appear to some as being based on political motives.
Before the Dobbs decision came down which reversed Roe v. Wade, Nessel said she wouldn’t prosecute women or doctors if they violated Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban. She tweeted, “As I’ve repeatedly made clear, I will not use the resources of the Attorney General’s office to enforce an unconstitutional law that will allow the state into our bedrooms and doctor’s appointments, interfering with our fundamental reproductive rights.”
However, under a 1963 Michigan Supreme Court ruling, mothers cannot be prosecuted for having an abortion. This only applies to medical professions who perform abortions.
On May 29, 2018, before she was even elected, Nessel was promising not to comply with laws that she didn’t like when she tweeted, “I will not cooperate with federal authorities who prosecute Michigan residents who are compliant with state marijuana laws…”
When pressed to investigate Whitmer’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nessel refused to do so. Responding to Michigan Sen. Jim Runestad’s call for an investigation because of the large number of deaths linked to long-term care facilities in Michigan, Nessel said, “I appreciate that you and your colleagues have policy disagreements with Governor Whitmer’s response to COVID-19. But an investigation by my office is not the mechanism to resolve those disagreements.”
During the pandemic, Nessel also targeted business owners in what looked to some as a political move. Michigan Capitol Confidential obtained emails that showed Nessel was looking to arrest a defiant business owner before she was to have a scheduled appearance with Tucker Carlson on Fox News. Marlena Hackney, owner of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria, defied Whitmer’s orders to shut down her business during the pandemic and she became a target of the Whitmer-Nessel administration. Nessel’s email to her communications director and other aides said, “Do we know her whereabouts? We should just have her picked up before she goes on. This is outrageous” and “I hope she gets the full 93 days for this.”
Hackney was later arrested, picked up by troopers and taken downstate to Ingham County, about 100 miles away from her home, on a civil contempt-of-court warrant which Michigan Capitol Confidential said violated court guidelines.