Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has had the Todd Ritter case in her hands for three weeks. However, her office is still silent about whether Ritter will face any criminal charges. The Attorney General has the option to assign the case to a nearby county prosecutor to handle it on a special basis, but they can also handle it themselves.
To say that the case has dragged on would be an understatement. Ritter resigned more than one year ago, on April 11, 2019. Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg held the case up for months before handing it off to Nessel’s office. Her actions don’t make sense. Moeggenberg should have considered only whether she had a conflict of interest; not the merits of the case. Whether a prosecutor has a conflict of interest in a case involving jail administrators is a thirty-second-no-brainer, or at least it should be.
Moeggenberg says that it would be a big demand to hand the case off to another local prosecutor, what with all of the executive orders in place at the moment. Huh? Executive orders? Yes, there are a bat ton of executive orders in place at the moment, but what does that have to do with county prosecutors? Does Noelle have her hands full enforcing executive orders? We have not heard of anyone being arrested or charged with violating an order in Grand Traverse County, so I don’t quite follow what she thinks local prosecutors are so burdened with enforcing executive orders. Sheriffs in Manistee, Mason, Benzie and Leelanau counties have said they are not enforcing the orders, so perhaps one of their prosecutors has time to pick up the case?
We wait for justice, here in Dirty Traverse.