UPDATE: Oregon’s state supreme court has blocked the local judge’s order and reinstated the lock downs.
Not surprisingly, the state’s Democratic governor, Kate Brown, celebrated her new found fascist power:
“Following swift action by the Oregon Supreme Court, my emergency orders to protect the health and safety of Oregonians will remain in effect statewide while the court hears arguments in this lawsuit.”
She claims “the science is clear,” but that is the type of brainless claim made by every politician when they grab power.
Regardless, I am not surprised. Oregon wants its fascism. It is why they have allowed the Democrats to control the state.
The original post:
An Oregon state judge has invalidated all of Governor Kate Brown’s lock down edicts, stating she had exceeded her authority under law.
Brown has exceeded her authority by restricting activities, including church services and businesses, for longer than the 28 days the governor is authorized under a state law related to public health emergencies, [the judge] Shirtcliff said.
The judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement each of the more than 10 executive orders the governor has issued since March 8.
Shirtcliff’s decision applies to the entire state. He ruled on the motions because the lawsuit challenging the duration of the governor’s legal authority was filed May 6 in Baker County Circuit Court. Elkhorn Baptist Church of Baker City is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, which was filed by Salem attorney Ray Hacke of the Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit that defends religious liberty.
Expect more such victories in court. Most of the worst abuses have been cases where governors have completely ignored the law, and ruled by edict, as if they had that power.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a gym reopened in defiance of the shut down imposed by that state’s fascist Democratic governor, Phil Murphy. The police arrived, discovered themselves surrounded by a crowd of defiant customers, and told the owners they were in violation, but then left without doing anything else.
We need more such defiance.