Democrat Governor Tom Wolf’s Chinese Coronavirus shutdown was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV.
Four Western Pennsylvania counties – Butler, Green, Fayette, and Washington, filed a lawsuit claiming that Governor Tom Wolf’s closing of non-life-sustaining businesses and other restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic were unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled in favor of the individual and business plaintiffs while dismissing the county governments from the case.
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), as well as a number of small businesses were a part of the lawsuit.
Stickman listed in the suit several reasons for his ruling, which include “(1) that the congregate gathering limits imposed by defendants’ mitigation orders violate the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment; (2) that the stay-at-home and business closure components of defendants’ orders violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; and (3) that the business closure components of Defendants’ orders violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
I hope voters in Pennsylvania are paying attention. Democrats do not care about your freedoms. Democrats do not care about the Constitution. Democrat Governor Tom Wolf thought that he could shut down whatever he wanted simply because he was Governor.
Before this decision came down Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf threatened those who didn’t follow his Coronavirus policies.
The Franklin County Journal:
The revolt by a dozen or more Pennsylvania counties who are opening up their businesses against the dictatorial edicts of Democrat Governor Tom Wolf has apparently thrown him into a blind rage, which was further exacerbated by a Tweet from President Trump in support of Pennsylvania patriots and a news conference by State Senator and gubernatorial aspirant Doug Mastriano, in which he called for the resignation of the incompetent Health Secretary Rachel Levine.
Wolf attacked business owners who reopen from coronavirus shutdowns before they are allowed and the politicians who have encouraged them, calling them “cowardly”, threatening serious consequences to both groups.
Wolf said he would revoke state licenses for businesses that open early and stop some state funding to county governments, saying businesses that open before the state allows could lose licenses that are required to operate, including liquor licenses, health certificates and certificates of occupancy.
“These folks are choosing to desert in the face of the enemy, in the middle of a war that Pennsylvanians are winning and must win,” said Wolf, seemingly angry at times, at a press briefing.
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman stated that companies that ignore Wolf’s edicts could be jeopardizing their insurance coverage and putting themselves at risk of having their claims denied, adding that many policies have provisions that exclude coverage stemming from “illegal acts or conduct,” and could result in denied claims for property damage, protection from liability and other hazards should a business decide to reopen in violation of Wolf’s order.
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