The office of Michigan’s attorney general sent a cease and desist order threatening legal prosecution against an online news outfit for posting videos of alleged voter fraud.
The cease and desist letter, sent by the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to the website Big League Politics, took issue with videos known as #DetroitLeaks, which appear to show poll workers being trained to commit voter fraud. The letter referred to the videos as “misleading and false election information,” according to Detroit Free Press.
The videos can no longer be found on the Big League Politics site but can be found on Twitter, BitChute, and other platforms.
Michigan poll watcher/@bigleaguepol reporter Shane Trejo exposes Michigan AG attempt to take down #DetroitLeaks video that “outlined how city poll workers in Detroit were going to disenfranchise poll challengers…The more you try to suppress, the more likely it is to spread.” pic.twitter.com/obSfDAJQ3B
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin)
November 12, 2020
An alleged copy of the letter, posted on the website Gateway Pundit, accused Big League Politics of violating Michigan law, but as constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley pointed out, did not reference a specific penal code.
“The Cease and Desist letter instructs the site to remove all posts, links, and anything similar immediately which correspond with #LeakDetroit,” Turley wrote. “Assistant Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark states that ‘failure to comply will result in criminal prosecution.’ There is no citation for the penal code provision that makes such an allegation or posting a crime, a standard element in such notice letters.”
Turley called for “the threat of criminal prosecution” to be “immediately withdrawn by Nessel,” arguing that the Supreme Court has “repeatedly found such criminalization of alleged speech to be unconstitutional.”
“The threat of criminal prosecution by the Michigan Attorney General’s office is a chilling escalation of the crackdown on free speech in this country and the calls for censorship on the Internet,” Turley added.
President Trump and his legal team have disputed the election results declared by major media networks as won by former Vice President Joe Biden, arguing that widespread voter fraud and irregularities altered the vote totals in several battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan.
Many outlets, including the New York Times, have maintained that there is “no evidence” of voter fraud in the 2020 election.