Supreme Court Ruling Puts Religious Freedom Over COVID-19 Public Health Measures

HeadlineNov 30, 2020

In legal news, the Supreme Court sided with New York religious groups who were challenging coronavirus restrictions on gatherings. Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a key role shifting the court’s position in the 5-4 decision. In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, “Justices of this Court play a deadly game in second guessing the expert judgment of health officials about the environments in which a contagious virus, now infecting a million Americans each week, spreads most easily.” Governor Cuomo called the ruling “irrelevant” since the rules were intended for areas that are no longer considered high risk.

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