The plaintiffs in an unsuccessful lawsuit that sought to overturn many of Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive orders that put business and other gathering restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case.

The New Civil Liberties Alliance said Monday that it was in the process of filing a petition with the Supreme Court to review the case, which was rejected in December by the state’s top court.

In that ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court justices said that state law gave the governor “expansive discretionary powers” in the face of an emergency. The court wrote that the law does include the phrase “other natural causes,” and the pandemic fit firmly within that definition.

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