Judge dismisses Maryland lawsuit challenging COVID-19 rules

FREDERICK, Md. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Maryland lawmaker and other plaintiffs that said Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic were unconstitutional.

The Frederick News-Post reports the judge issued the ruling Wednesday, saying state Del. Dan Cox and the plaintiffs’ amended complaint did not outweigh the governor’s duty to protect public health.

Court records show Cox and other plaintiffs had submitted an amended complaint in May, and Hogan’s office responded with a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in June.

The lawsuit included several pastors and other plaintiffs. It argued that Hogan was violating the individual and constitutional liberties of Maryland residents.

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