Kentucky Judge Blocks Bescher’s COVID-19 Orders at Several Restaurants and Bars


A Kentucky judge temporarily blocked the state from enforcing some of Andy Beshear’s Executive COVID-19 orders against several restaurants and breweries.

A preliminary injunction issued Friday by Judge Scott Circuit Briamp Rivet Recent Actions by Circuit Court Judge Philip Sheppard, Blocked the enforcement of new legislation that would end some of Bescher’s urgent regulations on coronavirus pandemics.

Oliver Dunford, a lawyer at the Pacific Legal Foundation, who represents the business, said the different rulings “probably encourage all going to the Kentucky Supreme Court for a final court decision.” Stated.

“We are pleased that Judge Privet has issued an injunction, which will prevent the governor from enforcing restrictive orders against clients. The order is the same for the governor as everyone else. I acknowledge that I am obliged to comply with the law. “

Bescher did not immediately comment on Prevet’s decision.

Privett said in a 13-page order that this year’s Kentucky State Capitol resolved to seize Bescher’s power in an emergency such as a pandemic. Bescher succeeded in seeking an injunction against the new law from Judge Shepherd and was able to continue to enforce his obligation to wear a face cover in public places and other regulations.

“This action is simple at the most basic level,” Privet said at his command. The governor’s emergency authority in question in this case is not unique. “

Privett ruled in a proceeding filed by the Goodwood Brewing Company and operated as Louisville Taproom, Frankfort Brewpub, and Lexington Brewpub. Trindy’s and Kelmaro do business as The Dundee Tavern.

“The problem in this case is not only the ability to run these particular businesses, but also the interests of the entire federation in the midst of a COVID-19 infection,” the judge said. “Under the law, this court must balance these interests with the plaintiff’s interests. With the public interest in mind, this court has issued very narrow orders.”

Mr Privet said his order meant that Bescher was prohibited from issuing or enforcing new restrictions on these businesses alone.

“It doesn’t affect all businesses in the federal, school, mask, or other issues,” Privet wrote. “Under the law, the rights of these particular companies continue to be harmed and should only be remedied under current law.”

Privett also said the Kentucky Court of Appeals would likely maintain his order very quickly and file a proceeding with the Franklin Circuit Court’s ruling to the Supreme Court.

The judge said he had “great respect” for the Franklin Circuit Court, but “cannot be bound by the decisions of the sister courts.”

Privett suggested that Bescher’s lawyers postpone the effective date to give the Court of Appeals time to file a petition, but said they declined.

“If this order has no practical effect, why does the court issue it?” Privett wrote. “By considering such prompt measures by the Court of Appeals, the risks and confusion to public health are reduced, and the proceedings can only proceed in principle. These are of great law, rights and impartiality. It’s a fundamental problem.

“Only the Governor and the General Assembly are involved in the Franklin Circuit Court proceedings. By issuing this temporary injunction, the court will inform these plaintiffs, the business community, and the general public of the Commonwealth. Gives a true say on the matter. “

Kentucky Supreme Court Last year unanimously dominated Bescher’s order was legal, but before this year’s parliamentary action to limit the governor’s powers.

The Pacific Legal Foundation has worked with parliaments across the country, including Kentucky, to curb the Governor’s statement of excessive emergency powers. This is a national non-profit legal organization.

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