Judge rejects bid to restrict movement of defiant nurse Kaci Hickox
Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP / Robert F. Bukaty)
Robert F. Bukaty, The Associated Press
Published Friday, October 31, 2014 8:58AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 31, 2014 1:58PM EDT
FORT KENT, Maine -- A nurse who defied an Ebola quarantine in the state of Maine after treating patients in West Africa can travel unrestricted after a judge rejected the state's bid to limit her movements.
Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere said Friday that Kaci Hickox must continue daily monitoring and co-ordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue. But the judge said there's no need for further restrictions because she's not infectious.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said it's "unfortunate" that restrictions were eased, but said the state will follow the law.
The state sought to impose restrictions until Hickox's 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10.
In his ruling, the judge thanked Hickox for her service in West Africa and wrote that "people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational."