Pennsylvania governor’s C-19 lockdown orders were UNCONSTITUTIONAL, federal judge rules
The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms ~Judge William Stickman IV
A federal judge in Pittsburgh has ruled that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf was arbitrary and overreaching in his Covid-19 orders shutting down businesses and imposing other restrictions, violating citizens’ constitutional rights.
FILE PHOTO. © Reuters / Stephen Yang
Although the orders were undertaken “with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” they overstepped the government’s authority, US District Court Judge William Stickman IV (pictured here), who was appointed to his position last year by President Donald Trump, said in his order Monday.
“Even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered,” Stickman said. “The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms – in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble.”
Some of the restrictions at issue, such as a complete shutdown of all businesses deemed non-essential by the state, have already expired. But some remaining rules, such as a ban on gatherings of more than 25 people indoors or of more than 250 people outdoors, may no longer be enforceable. Stickman said such orders violate the First Amendment right to assemble.
Wolf (pictured here) also would be blocked from issuing such orders again, should there be a resurgence of Covid-19 cases or some other reason that he considered to be justification for a new lockdown. The governor plans to appeal the ruling and to seek a stay on Stickman’s order while the case is still pending.
The lawsuit was brought by four county governments in western Pennsylvania and included such plaintiffs as hair salons, a farmers’ market vendor and drive-in movie theaters. The suit targeted Wolf, a Democrat, and state health Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.
Levine (pictured right) raised the ire of many Pennsylvanians when it was learned that she had moved her 95-year-old mother out of a personal care home this spring, after the state ordered nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients. Nursing home residents account for about 70 percent of all Covid-19 deaths in Pennsylvania.
Levine told reporters Monday afternoon that the state’s lawyers are looking closely at today’s court ruling, so no decisions have been made about possible changes to Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 rules, including a new round of guidelines that were scheduled to go into effect on September 21. “Anything that limits our ability and the number of tools we have is a challenge to public health,” she said.
The Pennsylvania case follows a ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in May striking down Governor Tony Evers’ lockdown order. Many businesses were allowed to reopen, but some Wisconsin city and county governments issued local restrictions after the statewide orders were nullified.
More from RT
‘Grinch DeBlasio’: NYC mayor scorched online for ‘cancelling’ the Thanksgiving Day Parade due to Covid-19
Skeptics slam ‘politically-motivated’ study that claims Sturgis motorcycle rally was biggest Covid-19 ‘superspreader’ event in US
(TLB) published this article from RT-USA News with our appreciation for ‘Fair and Balanced’ reporting.
Perhaps one of these days, the American ‘Fourth Estate’ will get back to doing it’s job and stop being just a propaganda machine for the political left. ~(TLB) ed.
Pictorial content added by (TLB) Editors from Google open source files.
Stay tuned to …
The Liberty Beacon Project is now expanding at a near exponential rate, and for this we are grateful and excited! But we must also be practical. For 7 years we have not asked for any donations, and have built this project with our own funds as we grew. We are now experiencing ever increasing growing pains due to the large number of websites and projects we represent. So we have just installed donation buttons on our websites and ask that you consider this when you visit them. Nothing is too small. We thank you for all your support and your considerations … (TLB)
Comment Policy: As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users. This also applies to trolling, the use of more than one alias, or just intentional mischief. Enforcement of this policy is at the discretion of this websites administrators. Repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without prior warning.
Disclaimer: TLB websites contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of “fair use” in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, health, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than “fair use” you must request permission from the copyright owner.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions shared are for informational purposes only including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material are not intended as medical advice or instruction. Nothing mentioned is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.