On Wednesday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Republican Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem to have a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore in order to commemorate Independence Day.
As reported by The Hill, U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange decided not to enter a preliminary judgment in Noem’s favor, discovering that her suit against government officials was unlikely to be successful.
Lange, a nominee from the Obama administration, wrote, “This Court fully understands the State’s position and why this suit was brought […] But under governing law, the State is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its claims and has not met the requirements” for interim legal relief, per the outlet.
“Specifically, he determined that the denial was not ‘arbitrary and capricious’ as the state contended because he said reasons given for the denial were not irrational or particularly implausible,” the outlet noted.
He also added that while the government needed to give a reason for its shift in opinion between