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Michigan Supreme Court won’t delay effect of pandemic ruling

Justices voted 6-1 Monday against halting the precedential effect of its opinion until Oct. 30.
Michigan Supreme Court building. FILE.
Michigan Supreme Court building. FILE.(WJRT)
Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 3:41 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to delay by 28 days the effect of its decision striking down a law she had used to keep intact sweeping orders designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Justices voted 6-1 Monday against halting the precedential effect of its opinion until Oct. 30.

They also reaffirmed their initial 4-3 ruling that declared a 1945 emergency powers law unconstitutional - this time in a lawsuit brought by the Republican-led Legislature.

Whitmer, a Democrat, has reinstituted mask requirements and other restrictions through orders issued by the state health department.

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