Supreme Court Rejects Justice Department Bid to Halt Order Aimed at Slowing Spread of Coronavirus at Ohio Prison


The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined a Justice Department request to halt a lower court order requiring new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus at an Ohio prison where nine inmates have died from Covid-19.

The top court announced its decision in an unsigned order that cited procedural matters. Three of the court’s conservatives, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, said they would have granted the request. The court said the DOJ could seek review of the order again “if circumstances warrant.”

U.S. District Judge James Gwin last month ordered the Bureau of Prisons to identify and transfer prisoners vulnerable to coronavirus at the low-security Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Ohio.

The government identified 837 medically vulnerable inmates but did not transfer any out of the prison, prompting Gwin last week to order the government to expedite its process.


By: Tucker HigginsPublished: CNBC

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