First Amendment Challenge to Court’s No-Access-Before-Process Policy Heard in Maine

Federal Judge Nancy Torresen on Wednesday heard opposing arguments from lawyers for newspapers and for the state on whether the First Amendment allows a court clerk to hold up access to new civil complaints in order to run through a list of clerical tasks that take time and hurt the news.

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Church’s Appeal

The First Circuit ruled a “jurisdictional barrier” prevents it from deciding the merits of a church’s claims against Maine Governor Janet Mills over her Covid-19-related executive orders limiting nonessential activities. The church appealed the denial of its request for a temporary restraining order, which “falls outside the boundaries” of the circuit court’s appellate jurisdiction.

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