Whitmer won't have to testify in abortion case, judge says; defendants appeal
Gretchen Whitmer meets with volunteers for canvass kickoffs on Michigan Primary Election Day on Aug. 2, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. - Bill Pugliano/Getty Images North America/TNS

DETROIT — Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham has ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will not be forced to testify in the case she filed to stop enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban — a decision that was almost immediately appealed to the state Court of Appeals. Cunningham said Wednesday that Whitmer established good cause to quash the subpoena — issued for a hearing next week on the possibility for a preliminary injunction — when she argued it was unnecessary because the governor hasn't intended to bring the suit in her personal capacity but on behalf of the state. "It is apparent the de...