Barr Tells Prosecutors to Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules

Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

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Mass Gatherings

A Kentucky church lost its bid for a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders prohibiting mass gatherings in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Maryville Baptist Church, which held in-person services on Easter in defiance of the restrictions, failed to prove it would suffer “permanent and irreparable injury” absent a restraining order, a federal court in the state ruled.

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Students at Reopened Christian College Demand Refund of Campus Fees

A group of students filed a class action against Liberty University demanding a refund of dorm and parking fees after the private Christian college made the controversial decision last month to bring students and faculty back to campus during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kansas Supreme Court Rules Legislative Council Can’t Overturn Governor’s Religious Service Ban

In an expedited lawsuit brought by Democratic Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments via video conference Saturday on whether state lawmakers had the authority to overturn an executive order barring religious services of more than 10 people amid the coronavirus epidemic.

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Justices Turn Away Fight Over Religious Ads on DC Buses

The Supreme Court on Monday said no thanks to taking up a debate over the right of the Catholic church to post religious advertisements on the side of Washington buses, but Justice Neil Gorsuch warned the local transit agency to tread carefully on the First Amendment.

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