Justice criticizes attorney general over refusal to enforce mask mandate

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice criticized Attorney General Patrick Morrisey over a statement that suggests he will not enforce criminal charges for violations of the governor’s mask mandate.

The attorney general’s office represents the state on criminal issues in appellate courts and the West Virginia Supreme Court. Morrisey wrote in a Facebook post he will not defend the state in instances in which it seeks to use the criminal code in an improper or heavy handed manner through executive order after the governor threatened actions against businesses that fail to enforce a mask mandate.

“Our office will utilize its criminal appellate enforcement discretion
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