September 12, 2019
LANSING – After carefully reviewing the legislation proposed by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich and Representative John Cherry to extend the statute of limitations for criminal misconduct by public officers, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement today:
"I welcome the legislative efforts of Representative John Cherry and Senator Jim Ananich to extend the statute of limitations for criminal misconduct by public officers. Their bills, HB 4834 and SB 0462, respectively, would raise the standard of ethical conduct in office and ensure that individuals who violate their sworn oath can be held accountable.
"Currently, public officials can serve terms that exceed the six-year statute of limitations for misconduct, and the public has no legal avenue to criminally prosecute abuses of power that surface after those officials leave office. Public service is a sacred responsibility, and those who wield their vast powers unlawfully should not find refuge or charity in the statute of limitations."