Maine Judge Sides with State, Orders Ebola Quarantine for Nurse Kaci Hickox
Maine Judge Rejects Ebola Quarantine for Nurse Kaci Hickox (Photo Credit: MySpace)

UPDATE #1: The judge sided with Kaci Hickox against an Ebola quarantine as requested by the state of Maine on Friday, one day after ordering a temporary restriction of her movements, the NY Times reports.

Nurse Kaci Hickox, who has been defying authorities to remain under quarantine after returning from Ebola-stricken Guinea, got a temporary smack-down by Maine District Courts Judge Charles LaVerdiere. Here’s more from the New York Times:

The State of Maine has issued a court-ordered quarantine, requiring a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa to stay in her hometown, avoid public transit and businesses, and remain at least three feet away from others when outdoors.

The order was signed on Thursday by Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere, the chief judge for the Maine District Courts who serves on courts in Kennebec and Somerset County.

“This decision has critical implications for Respondent’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. and Maine Constitutions, as well as the public’s right to be protected from the potential severe harm posed by transmission of this devastating disease,” Judge LaVerdiere wrote in the order.

The judge ordered a hearing on Ms. Hickox’s quarantine to take place within 10 days, when he can weigh whether it violates her civil rights.