Attorney General Dana Nessel

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office has opened a criminal inquiry and is “actively investigating” whether members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers were the targets of illegal harassment as they met to certify the results of the November 3rd election.

Nessel says the inquiry will focus first on complaints by a Republican board member her life and her family’s safety was threatened. That was during and after a contentious meeting on certifying election results from Detroit and the rest of Wayne County.

LANSING, MI--   The lawsuit co-led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her attempt to divert millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funding from public schools is officially over.  

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Supreme Court did not respond to a request from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel to review challenges made to the legality of a directive issued by Secretary Benson on Oct. 16 that prohibited the open carry of firearms in limited locations on Election Day.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is the next stop in a legal fight over whether guns can be openly carried at polling places on Election Day. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) and Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) say guns can be intimidating – especially in a contentious election. But gun rights advocates say the state can’t step on a right that’s guaranteed under state law.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Attorney General's Office:

Millions of documents have been reviewed and 11 men have been or are being prosecuted by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office since authorities executed search warrants two years ago on all seven of Michigan’s Catholic dioceses as part of the state's investigation into clergy abuse. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office will investigate allegations against those behind a petition drive to strip Governor Gretchen Whitmer of her emergency powers. 

This Friday Unlock Michigan plans to deliver 500,000 petition signatures to state officials.

But there are allegations that members associated with the campaign may have engaged in criminal activity in collecting petition signatures.

Fred Wszolek is Unlock Michigan’s spokesman. He calls the investigation "a partisan political farce."

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office is ready to prosecute any efforts to use intimidation or misinformation to illegally swing the November elections.

Nessel, a Democrat, has compiled a list of laws that are supposed to deter election meddling. She says meddling includes threats that registering could put government benefits at risk or misleading people on where or how to vote.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A federal judge in California has blocked a rule that Michigan and seven other states said would unlawfully allow too much pandemic relief aid to be diverted from K-12 public schools to private ones.

Judge James Donato ruled late Wednesday. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the money was meant to assist public schools most in need of financial support, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ policy “does the exact opposite.”

LANSING, MI--   In response to President Trump’s threat to send federal law enforcement into cities across the nation, including Detroit, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statements:  

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan has joined four other states and Washington DC to challenge how the US Department of Education is allocating money for schools.

The funds come from the CARES Act to assist schools with their COVID-19 responses. But Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the department and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have put their own spin on the law.