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Kendall Coffey: Towns Have Authority To Impose Quarantines

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 08:43 PM

All municipalities have the authority to impose quarantines to protect their residents — but the charges against those who break a quarantine aren't much, legal analyst Kendall Coffey says.

"A quarantine can be imposed without a prior hearing," Coffey said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"If you are being detained in the context of a quarantine, at some point you have the right to seek a hearing and contest it, but they can haul you in."

Several people who were in contact with persons exposed to the Ebola virus have been ordered into quarantine in the past week.

Coffey, a founding member of Coffey Burlington, PL, in Miami, noted that in most jurisdictions ignoring a quarantine that has been imposed is only considered a misdemeanor.

Last week, NBC news chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman was placed under mandatory quarantine at her home in Princeton, N.J., after she violated a voluntary quarantine following her return from Ebola-plagued West Africa.

She and two crew members, who also agreed to the quarantine, were reportedly seen outside a restaurant.

She initially agreed to the 21-day quarantine with the rest of her crew after Ashoka Mukpo, an American freelance cameraman, was diagnosed while working in Liberia.

After Snyderman was spotted outside, she issued a statement of apology.

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