Supreme Court halts church re-opening ruling

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Pacific Justice Institute,

Attorneys for Oregon Governor Kate Brown filed for an emergency stay with the Oregon Supreme Court after Judge Matthew Shirtcliff issued a temporary restraining order, finding the pandemic executive orders null and void. The State’s highest court granted the motion after the lower court found that Governor Brown’s pandemic-related executive orders exceeded her authority.

Churches and people of faith across the state brought the suit after the Governor issued serial orders extending the lockdown of residents and the closure of churches, businesses, and schools without first going to the legislature as required by Oregon law. The Pacific Justice Institute filed the lawsuit in Oregon’s Eighth Judicial District. Businesses joined the case on the side of the faith community. Ray Hacke, who heads the PJI office in Oregon argued the case in Baker County which is in that District. Attorney Kevin Mannix of Salem, who represented businesses also presented argument to the Court.

Brad Dacus, President of PJI, stated, “Our PJI attorneys are committed to ending this Governor’s abuse of powers and will be working hard as we prepare to make our case for the businesses and churches so impacted by her tyranny.”

For more updates on this and other pending cases challenging other Governor’s abuse of power and church reopenings, PJI will be hosting a conference call this Thursday (May 19th at 2pm PDT) for Pastors/Church Leaders.

PJI will CONTINUE the fight in changing case law and executive orders that prohibit religious freedoms.