Legislators call on attorney general to apologize
State Reps. Ken Borton and John Roth today called on Attorney General Dana Nessel to apologize for inappropriate remarks she has made on several occasions about the people of Antrim County and its judicial system.
The Detroit News reported that during a virtual event with the organization Protectors of Equality in Government, Nessel stated: “…it seemed to me as though the Antrim County jurors, (in a) very, very right-leaning county (were) seemingly not so concerned about the kidnapping and assassination of the governor.”
Roth and Borton, who each represent portions of Antrim County, issued a letter to the attorney general condemning her comments.
“Questioning the integrity of a jury and claiming your department lost its case because the trial was held in ‘a very right-leaning county’ is totally inappropriate for your esteemed position,” the letter states. “Further suggesting that future trials should be moved to ‘a very, very Democratic-leaning county’ downstate is an utterly disgraceful politicization of our judicial system. Even if you don’t consider this a politicization of our judicial system, certainly the jury and judges of this area find it degrading to be dismissed simply because of the county’s ‘political leaning.’”
The legislators said they stand by Antrim County’s judicial system and the jurors who served on the case.
“Implying that the people of Antrim County are unfit to serve as jurors simply because of their supposed political leanings is inappropriate and offensive,” Roth said. “The individuals selected for the jury are just as qualified as anyone else in the state to determine right from wrong. The attorney general owes them an apology.”
“I understand the attorney general is dissatisfied with the decision of the jury,” Borton said. “But her dismissive comments are unwarranted. Whether she likes it or not, these qualified jurors were selected in a lawful manner. Their decision must be respected.”
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”