Oral arguments were heard by the state’s Supreme Court Friday, in a case that pitted business owners, pastors, and educators against Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
The plaintiffs of the lawsuit, who represented by attorney Michael DeGrandis of the New Civil Liberties Alliance, argued that Gov. Baker overreached when he ordered a state of emergency under the Civil Defense Act, forcing many businesses and organizations to close.
“The Civil Defense Act makes no mention of disease,” DeGrandis said. “And no disease, no pandemic, has ever triggered a Civil Defense Act State of Emergency.”