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Oregon Supreme Court sides with governor on COVID-19 restrictions

The court has ordered a Baker County judge to vacate his ruling.

Posted: Jun 12, 2020 9:05 AM
Updated: Jun 12, 2020 12:29 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Supreme Court sided with Governor Kate Brown Friday in the legal battle over her COVID-19 restrictions. 

According to a media release, the court has ordered Baker County Judge Matthew Shirtcliff to vacate his ruling saying Brown's orders are "null and void." Shirtcliff previously ruled that Brown’s executive order banning religious gatherings of more than 25 people was unconstitutional. The suit was brought by 10 churches across the state, including one in Roseburg.

The court also pressed the brakes on the judge's ruling that effectively voided all of Gov. Kate Brown's executive orders during the pandemic. 

According to the opinion issued by the court Friday, Shirtcliff's "preliminary injunction was based on a legal error. Moreover, plaintiffs’ alternative arguments do not provide a basis for maintaining the preliminary injunction. Accordingly, it is necessary to vacate the preliminary injunction."

Read the full opinion here

This is a developing story.

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