Judge Warren Patriot Week Commentary

Hon. Michael Warren Over a decade ago, my then 10-year-old daughter Leah pounded on a table and demanded a new celebration for America - and Patriot Week was born. She did so because the traditional civic calendar had been hallowed out by empty excuses for three-day weekends, barbecues, and appliance sales. The idea was to renew the spirit of America. Little did we predict that in 2020 the nation would need Patriot Week for another reason - to heal the spirit of America. The toxic … [Read more...]

Gyms and Pools to Reopen

Organized Contact Sports to Resume with Strict Safely Measures but Remains Frowned Upon by State Officials, and Gyms and Pools are Permitted to Reopen. Governor Gretchen Whitmer Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 reopening Michigan’s gyms and pools in those regions where they remain closed and allowing for organized sports practices and competitions to resume in those regions where they remain restricted, subject to strict protections meant to limit spread … [Read more...]

Judge Michael Warren Commentary about Threats to Judicial Independence

Recent polls have shown a dismaying ignorance of civics and American history which is coming home to roost. Less than half of the people can identify the three branches of government: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. This might explain the vitriol, death threats, and violence that are spewing at our judicial officers. As Alexander Hamilton explained in the Federalist Papers, of the three branches, the judicial has always been considered the least dangerous. It does not set … [Read more...]

No Mask, No Service

Following an Uptick in COVID-19 Cases, Governor Whitmer Says "Mask Up, Michigan" and Signs Executive Order Requiring Mask Use in all Indoor Public Spaces Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse … [Read more...]

Michigan Return to School Roadmap

Governor Whitmer Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap and Directs School Districts to Develop Return to School Plans with Guidance on PPE, Hygiene, and Cleaning Protocols, Athletics, and More. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. The Roadmap outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start … [Read more...]

Proud to be an American?

Independence Day Commentary Proud to be an American? A recent Gallup poll reveals that such pride has dropped precipitously this year and is at its lowest point since the poll began. 42% are extremely proud, 21% are very proud, 15% are moderately proud, 12% are a little proud, and 9% are not proud at all. As recently as 2016, 81% were extremely or very proud - today it has dropped to 63%. Is it any wonder? With a toxic political environment, pandemic, economic collapse, and mass protests, … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Closes Bars by Executive Order and Slows Reopening in Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Executive Order Closing Indoor Service at Bars Throughout Much of Lower Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-143 closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan, reversing the reopening of Michigan. Regions 6 and 8, which include the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan, are excluded from the order, and bars statewide can continue to serve outdoors. The governor also signed a package of bills allowing … [Read more...]

State of Emergency to Continue Until July 16

Governor Whitmer Extends State of Emergency Again and Now Runs Until July 16 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic until July 16. In doing so, Governor Whitmer joins nearly every state in the country in maintaining a state of emergency to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. “The aggressive measures we took at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have worked to flatten the curve, but … [Read more...]

Flag Day Commentary by Judge Warren

Why We Celebrate Flag Day on June 14 As the tumult of the trifecta of COVID-19, protests/riots, and economic distress grip our country, we are, of all things, supposed to celebrate the flag on June 14. Once an innocuous display of patriotism, you can no doubt envision the histrionic divides that celebrating our national emblem will likely bring. Before those who might desire to exercise their First Amendment right tear up or burn the flag do so, they might consider how Flag Day came to … [Read more...]

Reopening Michigan Continues

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Orders Reopening More of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula on June 10, while Additional Economic Sectors Downstate to Open June 15, Including Salons and Barbershops. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-114 and Executive Order 2020-115 to reopen more regions and economic sectors under the MI Safe Start Plan. Starting on June 10, Regions 6 and 8 — which include much of northern Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula — … [Read more...]