Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

If Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff declines to vacate the order, he must explain why.

Posted: May 23, 2020 9:55 PM
Updated: May 24, 2020 10:04 PM

SALEM, Ore. --- The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid.

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If Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff declines to vacate the order, he must explain why.

He must also give the state and churches who sued over the stay-at-home directives an opportunity to make further arguments.

Shirtcliff ruled that Gov. Kate Brown exceeded her authority when she shut down in-person religious services.

He said she should have sought the Legislature's approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit.

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