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Conservative firm files motion in Wis. Supreme Court asking for Racine officials to be held in contempt

Posted at 10:40 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 11:40:38-05

RACINE — The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) has filed a motion against the city of Racine after they ordered to keep schools closed to in-person classes due to the pandemic, while the Supreme Court waits to decide on the issue.

WILL issued the lawsuit after they claim "the City of Racine Public Health Administrator instructed all schools, to remain closed for in-person learning despite an injunction issued Nov. 25 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court that blocked the implementation of a school closure order."

On Nov. 12, the City of Racine Health Department ordered all K-12 school buildings close Nov. 27 through Jan. 15.

Following that order, WILL filed a lawsuit but the Supreme Court decided to put the case on hold until a decision is made in a similar case filed in Dane County.

Racine’s Public Health Administrator then issued a communication ordering all schools, within the city limits, to remain closed for in-person learning.

WILL is now asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to hold the Administrator and her department in contempt and impose fines to ensure that they comply with the Supreme Court order.

“Wisconsin Supreme Court orders are neither optional nor advisory. We expect the City of Racine to immediately allow schools to open or face sanctions from the Court," said WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg.

The institute issued the lawsuit on behalf of a group of parents, schools, and membership associations, they said in a press release Monday.

You can read a copy of the lawsuit below:

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