Judge refuses to block Mich. governor's stay-home order, says constitutional rights not absolute

LANSING, Mich. — Constitutional rights are not absolute and it is reasonable for Michigan’s governor to restrict them to control a pandemic, a judge has ruled in refusing to block Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray — an appointee of former Republican Gov. John Engler — issued an 18-page opinion Wednesday denying a request for an injunction that would block certain aspects of the order.Murray said that while the court challenge will continue, the plaintiffs are unlikely to be successful.“This is not because the rights asserted by plainti…

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