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PIERRE (SDBA) — A federal judge Tuesday denied Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller's motion to pause the pending disciplinary proceedings regarding workplace harassment allegations against her.
Judge Roberto Lange ruled that the relief she was actually asking for was a restraining order without notice to Senate President Pro Tempore Lee Schoenbeck.
"Schoenbeck's whereabouts at this time of year are well-known; he is here in Pierre serving in the state senate as president pro tem," Judge Lange noted. "This Court wants to hear from both sides before issuing a substantive order and thus prefers transforming this injunction request from an ex parte request for a temporary restraining order to a preliminary injunction hearing.”