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A former reporter for Detroit TV station WJBK is set to file a lawsuit against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, over coronavirus death data in Michigan nursing homes.

Charlie LeDuff, who parted ways with the Fox affiliate late in 2016, announced on Twitter that he has teamed up with the Michigan-based Mackinac Center to initiate the lawsuit.

The tweet contends that the governor has refused to release accurate data concerning the number of deaths in nursing homes related to COVID-19.

"She refuses to turn over COVID death data and accurate nursing home numbers to the public. All the way to the Supreme Court, Madam," LeDuff posted on Twitter.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently come under fire for possible manipulation of data concerning nursing home deaths related to COVID-19 in his state. According to an editorial published in the Detroit News, a number of Republican lawmakers are also calling for an examination of Governor Whitmer's nursing home admission policies and an audit of the data concerning deaths of patients in long-term care facilities.

"The public has a right to know. Above all, the public has a need to know. We shut down the entire economy, we interrupted our children's lives, all in the name of protecting the most vulnerable," LeDuff said in an email to his former employer, WJBK. "If there's something more to it than that, let's say gross incompetence or gross negligence or gross press conferences designed to cover the facts, then she needs to answer for it."

 


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