Thursday, June 25, 2020

Judge halts Racine’s COVID-19 ordinance, says Racine ‘engaged in direct attack' on court’s order

From The Journal

RACINE — A Racine County Circuit Court judge has again halted the city’s enforcement of its COVID-19 restrictions and put the city on notice it could be in contempt of court in the future if the city again attempts to “undermine the orders of the court.”
On Wednesday, Judge Jon Fredrickson issued a temporary injunction order, suspending enforcement of the city’s new “Safer Racine” ordinance.
The Racine City Council passed the ordinance on Monday night, three days after Fredrickson on Friday issued an injunction order halting enforcement of the city’s “Forward Racine” order.
The judge last Friday ruled the Forward Racine order could not be enforced while a lawsuit challenging the order worked its way through court. Racine’s original order was put in place by Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox on May 13, just after the state Supreme Court struck down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. Bowersox issued Forward Racine, an updated order, on May 26.
Following the judge’s temporary halt to Bowersox’s order on Friday, the City Council on Monday voted basically the exact same restrictions into law via a city ordinance
Take that, Butterball.

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