Michigan judge sends restaurateur to jail for reopening business without state’s permission

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has presided over some of the country’s most aggressive COVID-19 lockdown measures — strict and harsh rules that have even resulted in the imprisonment of small business owners.

According to the Washington Examiner, that was evidenced last week when 55-year-old Marlena Pavlos-Hackney — a small business owner — learned that she will spend up to the next three months in jail for contempt of court.

Pavlos-Hackney is a restaurateur who owns Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria, which is located in Holland, Michigan. She stands accused of operating her business in defiance of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. A warrant was issued for her arrest earlier this month.

“Dangerous” behavior

The Washington Examiner quoted Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel as slamming Pavlos-Hackney for engaging in what she labeled as “dangerous” behavior.

“This owner has continued to willfully violate the state’s food laws, public health orders, and the order of the court — a dangerous act that may have exposed dozens of diners and employees to the virus following the discovery that one of Marlena’s customers tested positive for the virus within two days of eating there,” Nessel said.

“MDARD is particularly concerned because the potential exposure happened at a restaurant that refuses to comply with basic COVID-19 measures required by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services,” she added.

Ingraham County Circuit Judge Rosemaria Aquilina was also critical of the restaurant owner, complaining that Pavlos-Hackney had “selfishly not followed the orders.”

Aquilina went on to assert that the restaurant owner had acted for her “own financial gain and apparently for the publicity that comes with it.”

It gets worse

In addition to serving time behind bars, the Detroit News reported that Pavlos-Hackney will also need to pay a staggering $7,500 fine as part of her punishment — money that’s likely hard to come by after the state crushed small businesses ability to profit during the pandemic.

In a bizarre turn of events, the Washington Examiner noted that Pavlos-Hackney wasn’t the only one who found herself on the way to jail on Friday, as Judge Aquilina also ordered a man who was assisting with her legal defense to be arrested after it was alleged that he is not properly licensed to practice law.

Michigan Live reported that a crowd of people gathered outside of Pavlos-Hackney’s shuttered restaurant on Saturday to show their support for the soon-to-be jailed restaurant owner.

Michigan Republican Party co-chair Meshawn Maddock was among those in attendance, and she declared that Nessel should be more concerned with Whitmer’s policy of sending infected COVID-19 patients into nursing homes.

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18 Responses

  1. Small business owners have been attacked by the left wing partisans for too long, how will this country survive if the small business owners are not helped? We do have big business opened why not the small business owner ?

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  3. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is a recipient of the absolute power as a governor in Michigan. That being said, this is pure power given to the King, Gretchen the wise in Michigan. This woman who has no place in politics or anything else for that matter. She is a power craved politician who likes to punish those who disagree with her orders especially those who stand up for their rights as a citizen. Her time will end soon and the subjects of Michigan will be able to live again.

  4. Take “TWATMER” and the rest of the TREASONIST DEMONRATS down to the border wall in Texas and …….. (expose them ALL to the CHINA VIRUS from the ILLEGALS that HIDIN’ JOE BIDEN let in !!)

  5. Will the judge fine President Biden and put him in jail for releasing covid positive immigrants into our country.
    Pavlos has a go fund me page
    If you would like to help her.

  6. PUT MI Gov Whitmer in JAIL for being STUPID which there is no FIX for. Take the Judge out behind Bidens wood shed and let the people of MI live. Politicians and crooked Judges just screw everything up. Let the people of MI fix this MESS made by WHO—Democrats.

  7. Now what gets me is what is to say that the person for which caught Covid 19 actuall7y got it from her restaurant? This to me is the Democrats just trying to push their authority on whomever they can get away with it. I’d remember this when it came up to vote for these Democrats and they wouldn’t get my vote

  8. It’s time for American people to stand together under the 1776 Constitution & drain the swamp from these draconian state’s. The justice system has failed & are in bed with these dirty and filthy Democrats that have broken many law’s. They have committed Treason against the Constitution and Country.

  9. Just pick a day for EVERYONE to open all around the USA. And everyone go out and shop/eat. Call it a peaceful protest!

    1. Lee C . AGREE, We the people are the employers of these politicians not in reverse. Yes, let’s begin as a nation and open up every door, now !!!!!

  10. That is a lame brain excuse! Where else had that person been Or whom else did she come in contact with. How can they really blame and show proof of her getting it at the restaurant Was she the only on getting it.. And did the woman have to eat there? It was her choice. according to lock down there have been compression s with Florida and California Florida had no lock downs and California had some of he most strict . Finding show they are about equal in all aspects of the virus So, what does that say. Masks I wear one when in public but they really do little to keep you from getting the virus A cloth one once wet with perspiration saliva or a runny nose is worthless.

  11. WHITLESS NEEDS TO GO. SHE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE MICHIGAN PEOPLE TRYING TO SURVIVE HERE. SHE HAS NO WRRIES CAUSE SHE IS WELL PAID EVERY WEEK AND DOES NOT GO WITHOUT ANYTHING. EXCEPT GOING TO THE END OF THE BOAT LAUNCHING SHE WILL NOT BE RE-ELECTED FOR SURE. HOPE SHE LEAVES MICHIGAN AND WOULD MAKE MY DAY IMPEACH THE WITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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