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Judge denies temporary injunction in mask mandate lawsuit

A judge in Rochester has refused to grant a temporary injunction against COVID-19 mandates after a retired Geneseo lawyer Michael Corrin Strong filed a lawsuit challenging the mask rules and New York’s “Excelsior Pass” vaccine passport.

Strong argued the COVID-19 measures violate the equal protection rights of unvaccinated people, particularly when they have natural immunity from a prior COVID-19 infection, according to WHEC. His lawsuit also claimed these rules violate the Nuremberg Code, which outlined ethnical principles in human experimentation in the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi doctors at the end of World War II.

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Ultimately, Strong wants the court to allow people with natural antibodies to receive an Excelsior Pass and strike down the mask mandate as a violation of the 14th amendment.

The judge denied the temporary injunction, saying the lawsuit doesn’t provide sufficient evidence of “irreparable harm.” The NYS Department of Health has until February 14 to respond to Strong’s complaint.