U.S. District Judge Rules Against Wolf at the Door; PA Pandemic Mandates Unconstitutional
Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Not the “Wolf” at Pennsylvania’s door as U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV sided with plaintiffs in their lawsuit against Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and his health secretary (woof!), ruling that corona virus mandates ordered by the state are unconstitutional.
In his 66-page opinion that was filed yesterday, Judge Stickman ruled that Wolf’s COVID lockdown measures violated the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly as well as the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.6634412-0--27590
Further, he wrote that even though the actions taken in the spring by Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine were laudable, they violated the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly, and the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.
Wolf had placed the pandemic restrictions requiring Pennsylvanians to stay at home, limit the sizes of their gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down.
Judge Stickman, a Trump appointee, found in favor of Pennsylvanian owners of hair salons, drive-in movie theaters, a horse trainer, a farmer’s market vendor, as well as several Republican officeholders. He cited in his ruling that the Wolf administration’s policies as being overreaching and arbitrary, writing that the pandemic policies violated citizens’ constitutional rights.
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“The actions taken by the administration were mirrored by governors across the country and saved, and continue to save lives in the absence of federal action. 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,” Lyndsay Kensinger of the Wolf administration said in a written statement.
When the lockdowns began in March, the intention was to not overload hospitals with sick people, so everybody stayed home. That was what the nation’s people and the government agreed to. When citizens willingly gave up their freedom, Blue state dictators, hiding in plain sight in public office, sprang into action.
Pennsylvanians know what the lockdowns are all about. They know they’re about power and control as ‘Little Hitlers” across the country made rules up as they went along to oppress their local populations under the guise of trying to keep them healthy.
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Thomas King, stated that the ruling means that current restrictions, including ones that limit the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, can’t be enforced.
“It’s really 100% in our favor. The court found in all respects that the orders issued by the governor and the secretary of health were unconstitutional. What it means is they can’t do it again, and they should not have done it in the past,” King said.
In a statement that portends, “Not by the hair of my chinny, chin chin,” Kensinger says that the administration will seek delayed enforcement while it appeals the ruling.
Rep. Scott Perry, Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressmen from the 10th District and a 40-year Army Veteran, wrote to Health and Human Services Deputy Inspector General Gary Cantrell to demand that state Democrat Governor Tom Wolf be brought to task.