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Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania Govís Lockdown Order is Unconstitutional

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September 15, 2020
| By: TTN Staff| Government,Media,NEWS | | 10 comments

A federal judge has ruled the lockdown orders issued by Democrat Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf are unconstitutional.

The Washington Post reported:

The state’s limits on gatherings and closure of nonessential businesses violated the First Amendment and the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, according to a 66-page opinion by U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump appointee. The governor’s office confirmed it will appeal the decision.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed in May by four Pennsylvania counties — Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington — that argued against the state’s orders to close “non-life-sustaining” businesses and limit gatherings to 25 people indoors or 250 people outdoors.

Stickman opined “open-ended” measures imposed on people are an overreaching violation of constitutional rights.

“The court believes that defendants undertook their actions in a well-intentioned effort to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus,” the ruling said. “However, good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge.”

President Trump quickly celebrated by retweeting posts on the issue:

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