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Maryland attorney general defends governor’s COVID-19 orders

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (File photo)

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (File photo)

Maryland’s Democratic attorney general is defending Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic in a legal filing in federal court.

Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office urged a judge in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to toss out a lawsuit filed last week challenging stay-at-home orders and other restrictions Hogan has imposed.

The memo filed Friday by Frosh’s office says federal courts have generally turned aside similar challenges in other states, and that governors enjoy broad authority to act swiftly during a public-health emergency.

A coalition of state legislators, pastors and a group called Reopen Maryland filed the suit, arguing that the governor’s actions unconstitutionally restrict freedom of assembly and religion.

A conference call in the case has been scheduled for Monday afternoon.

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