After learning that a Holland woman who defied state lockdown orders by keeping her restaurant open might go on Fox News to tell her story, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a March 12, 2021, email to her staff:
“Do we know her whereabouts? We should just have her picked up before she goes on. This is outrageous.”
Restaurant owner Marlena Hackney was arrested by the Michigan State Police seven days later, on March 19.
Nessel sent the email after learning from staffers that Hackney would be interviewed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy obtained the email exchange after filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of the Attorney General. It had sought documents related to Hackney’s case.
Eileen Whipple, an assistant attorney general, sent an email to Nessel and others in the office, alerting them to Hackney’s planned television appearance.
“Should I be prepared to respond to this?” Nessel asked in an email thread that followed. “I hope she gets the full 93 days for this. (Is that the max for civil contempt or just criminal contempt?)”
In another email, Nessel asked about any actions officials with the Michigan State Police were planning.
“Does MSP intend to go find her? Or are they planning to wait until next week?” Nessel said.
Whipple told Nessel and others that their office was telling the police “about this new information.”
Whipple responded to Nessel’s comment about a maximum sentence for Hackney:
“As to the length of potential imprisonment, since this is a coercive civil contempt the Court (as the Court indicated in her Order) can keep her incarcerated until she complies or it becomes impossible for her to comply.”
The Fox News interview with Hackney was broadcast on March 17.
Hackney was arrested by the Michigan State Police on March 19. She was released from jail on March 23.
Julie Kelly at American Greatness shared this about those in DC jails.
This week, five Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding his office’s handling of January 6 protesters. The letter revealed the senators are aware that several Capitol defendants charged with mostly nonviolent crimes are being held in solitary confinement conditions in a D.C. jail used exclusively to house Capitol detainees.
Joe Biden’s Justice Department routinely requests—and partisan Beltway federal judges routinely approve—pre-trial detention for Americans arrested for their involvement in the January 6 protest. This includes everyone from an 18-year-old high school senior from Georgia to a 70-year-old Virginia farmer with no criminal record.
Kelly had this to say about Judge Sullivan:
Take, for example, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, the judge who refused to dismiss the case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn even though both parties sought to do so. Sullivan is presiding over a handful of Capitol breach cases. Last month, he denied a request made by Jonathan Mellis, behind bars in the D.C. jail since February awaiting trial, to attend his father’s funeral in Virginia. Mellis faces several charges including allegations he attempted to strike a police officer with a stick. (Again, this is based only on evidence presented by the government. Nothing has been contested in court.)