Are Lockdowns Constitutional? A Federal Judge in Pennsylvania Rules They Aren’t

If you think your Constitutional Rights have been trampled on during the pandemic, you’re not alone.

Consumers, business owners, and city and county officials have been dealing with the state governments that have curbed their rights to free assembly and due process, among other things

Now a group in Pennsylvania has finally had their day in court, and it went well.

A group of counties, federal and state elected representatives, and several small businesses sued Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, claiming their broad, statewide lockdown restrictions on large gatherings and the closing of non-life-sustaining businesses were unconstitutional.

The actions denied the plaintiffs of the right to freely assemble with people of their choice, and of the due process required to stop them from operating their businesses or using their private property.

U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV agreed. He wrote that lockdown orders are “such a dramatic inversion of the concept of liberty in a free society as to be nearly presumptively unconstitutional,” as he ruled the moves to be unconstitutional.

Stickman wrote:
While those restrictions were “well-intentioned, good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge. Indeed, the greatest threats to our system of constitutional liberties may arise when the ends are laudable and the intent is good—especially in time of emergency.”

Stickman pointed out that the rules were not narrowly written and were much broader than necessary to achieve the goals of the state.

As proof of this, Stickman pointed out the governor allowed people to visit malls, restaurants, and stores in greater numbers than other types of businesses or gatherings, and that large protests, which the governor attended, were also allowed.

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  1. Frankf
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    Hey they use them in China so Dems want them hear to get there way

  2. WALTER FLATT
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    NO LOCK DOWNS IS NOT LEGAL, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A FREE NATION AND THIS IS MORE LIKE HITLER AND HIS GOON SQUADS CONTROLLING THE PUBLIC. JUST LIKE GUN CONTROL, WHY DO YOU THINK THEY TALK ABOUT TAKING ALL THE GUNS, CONTROL, SO THEY CAN CONTROL YOUR LIFE. TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO AND IF YOU DISOBEY THEN THEY CAN PICK YOU UP AND USE THE FURNACE’S LIKE HITLER DID TO THE JEWS. WAKE UP AMERICA.

  3. Harold Clark
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    Good for a Judge who has a correct interpretation of the Constitution, instead of some hack appointed by an illegal President, or who is a socialist/communist/democrat .

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