U.S. District Judge John Barker ruled Thursday that the temporary halting of evictions because of the pandemic is unconstitutional. This order was originally initiated by President Trump through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been continued by Congress and the Biden Administration.
Barker ruled that Congress ultimately cannot grant the CDC power to halt the eviction process. This power also does not respect current landlords rights protected under state law.
Conservative groups who were part of the litigation were pleased by the decision.
Justice Department attorneys who defended the federal government in the case have not yet commented. The case is expected to be appealed.