Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania Closure Orders Were Unconstitutional
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) orders banning large gatherings and closing “nonessential” businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic were unconstitutional.
Judge William Stickman IV, who was appointed to the bench by President Donald Trump, wrote that Wolf’s orders – which are no longer in effect — were a “well-intentioned effort to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus.”
“However,” Stickman wrote, “good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge.”
Plaintiffs had argued Wolf’s orders violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
Stickman wrote that “even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.”
“The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms,” he said, “in place when times are good but able to be cast off in times of trouble.”
“The Constitution,” Stickman said, “sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency.”
Gov. Wolf’s office says it will appeal the ruling. According to the Washington Post, a representative for Wolf’s office said:
“This decision is especially worrying as Pennsylvania and the rest of the country are likely to face a challenging time with the possible resurgence of covid-19 and the flu in the fall and winter.”
Image credit: By Governor Tom Wolf from Harrisburg, PA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Why is there only a threat of Wuhan resurgence in the Blue states? It’s a Democrat hoax folks. Magically on November 4, 2020 the situation will remedy if pervert Biden steals the election. I can’t believe the democrat leadership is throwing their constituents down the toilet. They could care less about their citizens. It’s all about trying to make Trump look bad for the election. I hope it fails miserably and the Republicans not only win the presidency, but also retain the Senate with a larger majority and retake the House of Representatives thereby jettisoning Crazy Nancy.
It’s going to be great when Nancy has to give up her gavel, it would be a shame if she refuses to accept the election and we have to get the military to remove her.
let us hope so
The Dems dont get it – stop wasting taxpayers money the orders were Unconstitutional get over it the judge said the government cannot go against the Constitution in good times or bad tell them to sit down and shut up————–Oorah-
This so-called Coronavirus is and was no worse than the usual Flu bug that normally kills the elderly that may have underlining conditions from 16, thousand to 26, thousand American citizens a single year. The real number of deaths from the Coronavirus was 9,500 elderly. But when these Democratic Governors and Cuomo being the worst by putting all of these COVID-19 patients into the Nursing Homes and not into the Navy’s Hospital Ship or into the “Jackups Javit Center” where the President maid into a massive Hospital were never used at all by the New York City Mayor or the Governoe actually killed over 75, thousand of our Elderly.
All over Europe Doctors are signing a document Declaring the Corona Virus scare the Biggest world Scham by the DemonRat Pack in the US History together with 9/11. 1000. Doctors from Germany alone, I’ Trust the European Doctors 1000. X more than CNN and the rest of the Very Fake and Corrupt Drive By Media. The Enemy of the People.
WOW! A judge that actually understands the Constitution and the limited powers of the government. I have been telling this to everyone I know since this whole disaster began. Our constitutional rights should never be suspended by a virus.