A judge granted a preliminary injunction Monday freezing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus executive orders restricting church services and business.
Baker County Circuit Court Judge Matt Shirtcliff said:
Brown has exceeded her authority by restricting activities, including church services and business operations, for longer than the 28 days the governor is authorized under a state law related to public health emergencies
The ruling effectively blocks enforcement of the 10 orders Brown gave since early March when she first imposed her draconian stay-at-home orders on Oregonians.
Shirtcliff’s decision came after Elkhorn Baptist Church of Baker City filed a lawsuit challenging the duration of the governor’s legal authority. Salem attorney Ray Hacke of the nonprofit Pacific Justice Institute filed the lawsuit.
Bill Harvey, chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners, filed a lawsuit as a nonparty participant, telling reporters Monday that his “emphasis was that she [Brown] overstepped her bounds.”
He filed as an individual rather than a state official.
Two attorneys with the Oregon Department of Justice requested Shirtcliff to either issue a stay or to wait 48 hours before entering his decision into the record, meaning the injunction would not take effect immediately.
Shirtcliff denied the requests, saying he would enter his decision right away.
Brown noted in a press statement Monday that she is appealing the ruling, which applies to the entire state.
Oregon’s Dimwitted Democrat governor said:
“This will ensure we can continue to safeguard the health of all Oregonians — including frontline health care workers, those living in nursing homes, workers in agriculture and food processing plants, and Oregonians with underlying health conditions — while the legal process moves forward,”
Brown’s attorneys — Marc Abrams and Christina Beatty-Walters — argued that the governor’s orders were working to limit the spread of coronavirus, which originated in China before going global, killing hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
Other Democrat-run state officials are now seeing their oppressive lockdown orders being overturned by judges who know America has something called ‘The United States Constitution,’ and the ‘Bill of Rights.’