Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County’s chief prosecutor supports Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of a bill to expunge the records of first-time convicted drunk drivers.

Matt Wiese says drunk driving is one of the few crimes that is “results-based;” the driver could arrive home safely, he or she could cause an accident, or someone could be killed in a crash. Wiese believes expunging an operating while intoxicated offense minimizes the seriousness of the crime.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Residents have to wear a mask inside businesses and police can step in to enforce it.

That’s according to Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese. He recommends law enforcement first respond to people who are maskless with an educational approach.

“Even the governor said, ‘Look, we’re not trying to charge people with crimes or be heavy-handed; we just… we know that the science is now telling us that a mask can slow the transmission of the coronavirus.’”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Allowing witnesses in criminal trials to testify remotely violates the Michigan and US constitutions – unless the defense agrees. 

That decision came Monday from the Michigan Supreme Court.

It was a 6-0 decision. The court said remote testimony can violate a defendant’s right to confront witnesses. 

Marquette County Prosecutor Matthew Wiese is the president-elect of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. He says the decision creates problems for courts. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese says he supports Governor Whitmer’s expansion of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. 

In an executive order last week, the governor added to the commission the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and three residents from outside the law enforcement community.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ishpeming man has been convicted of two felonies, following a two-day bench trial streamed on the internet. 

Justin Langsford, 38, was convicted in 25th Circuit Court Wednesday of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder and domestic violence - 3rd offense. Normally those felonies are punishable by up to 10 and 5 years, respectively, but because of Langsford’s history of being a habitual offender with three prior felony convictions, they’re now punishable by up to life in prison.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese is trying to clear up confusion over whether people with subpoenas should show up for court hearings during Governor Whitmer’s “stay home” order.

Michigan’s courts take their direction from the Michigan Supreme Court, which hasn’t closed the courts to pending criminal matters if the person is incarcerated. Those cases must still be decided. Wiese says, however, if there’s hardship and the person can’t show up, the Prosecutor’s Office will make accommodations.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt and Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese have released a joint statement saying they cannot support the Marquette County Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution.

Gun rights advocates across the state are asking their counties to adopt the nonbinding resolutions against new gun control legislation. That includes “red flag” bills that would let authorities take guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others.


A new X-Ray machine is assisting the Marquette County Sheriff's Department in keeping drugs out of its jail - we'll talk with Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt about the impact. We'll also talk with Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese about the increase in cases involving methamphetamine - what he's seeing and how they're combating the issue.