Judge rules against Lt. Gov. Forest’s attempt to limit Gov. Cooper’s coronavirus orders

Judge rules against Lt. Gov. Forest’s attempt to limit Gov. Cooper’s coronavirus orders
A Superior Court judge has rejected Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s initial attempt to overthrow some of Governor Roy Cooper’s executive orders related to COVID-19. (Source: WNCN)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Superior Court judge has rejected Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s initial attempt to overthrow some of Governor Roy Cooper’s executive orders related to COVID-19.

Judge James Gale ruled Tuesday that Forest “failed to demonstrate that he is likely to succeed on any claims for relief stated in his complaint” but did not go as far to fully dismiss it.

“…the legislature chose statutory language empowering the Governor to act “in his discretion,” and making clear that his power to do so is “in addition to any other powers conferred upon the Governor by law,” the ruling says in part.

Forest is challenging eight of Cooper’s Executive Orders which he has labeled as “shutdown orders.” He is arguing that the governor should have consulted with the ten-member Council of State before officially putting them into action and also says Cooper violated state law by enacting a quarantine without a court order.

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