Forest lawyer: Cooper must ‘follow the law’ on virus orders

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Dan Forest and Roy Cooper (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The attorney for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says Gov. Roy Cooper is not following the law and getting the proper formal support of his COVID-19 executive orders from other elected officials.

Forest responded on Friday to arguments that Cooper’s state lawyers made this week in which they explained why a judge shouldn’t block enforcement of the Democratic incumbent’s coronavirus orders.

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A court hearing is set for next week.

Those orders have limited mass assemblies, shuttered businesses and mandated face coverings in public places.

Forest is a Republican running to try to unseat Cooper in the November election.