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Monday, September 14, 2020

PA House Speaker, Majority Leader Praise Federal Court Decision Declaring Wolf-Levine Shutdown Orders Unconstitutional

HARRISBURG – Today, Judge William Stickman IV, a federal judge on the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruled Gov. Tom Wolf’s and Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s congregate gathering, stay-at-home and business shutdown orders unconstitutional in the case of County of Butler v. Wolf.

In his opinion, Stickman writes, in part:

"[T]he response to a pandemic (or any emergency) cannot be permitted to undermine our system of constitutional liberties or the system of checks and balances protecting those liberties."
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"[E]ven in an emergency, the authority of the government is not unfettered. The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms--in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble...The Constitution cannot accept the concept of a 'new normal' where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures. Rather, the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency. Actions taken by [the Governor] crossed those lines."

In response, Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) made the following statement:

“For the millions of unemployed Pennsylvanians, the thousands of small business owners that have seen their livelihoods permanently ended, and all those looking for some relief from these unilaterally imposed, inconsistent and contradictory shutdown orders, this opinion offers some form of hope that a return to normalcy might be on the horizon.

“Judge Stickman’s opinion confirms what Pennsylvania Republicans have been saying all along: The Wolf administration’s use of emergency authority is unconstitutionally overbroad.

“Given the nature of this opinion, we hope that Gov. Wolf will finally work with the General Assembly to develop a plan that keeps people safe, does not unconstitutionally penalize Pennsylvanians, and takes into account our geographical differences.”

25 comments :

Anonymous said...

So, basically, this judge has ruled that the Constitution is a suicide pact! Heaven forbid we should try to avoid spreading the virus!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Since the republicans got their own way, Anyone who gets sick should not be allowed to seek help from any of the hospitals. They should call the judge and all the republicans who pushed for this to take care of them.

Anonymous said...

Unconstitutionally overbroad....
Good start, but now, deport Tommy and Mr. Evanchick to Tel Aviv, they can better learn how to use "Rachel Crushers", the ones they are so fond of. Maybe those young men and women they have corrupted by IDF training will investigate our bill of rights.

Anonymous said...

Thank you GOD! An intelligent Judge.

Anonymous said...

You democrats sure are little whining cowards. The constitution isn't something you just ignore when you are in a panic as your comments clearly illuminate. Maybe you can "follow the science" for once.

Anonymous said...

@4:12. Since the Republicans got their way? You mean since we are all going to follow the constitution, right? Perhaps you should exam your life and choices to this point.

Anonymous said...

@4:36 - I can just picture a hill-billy wearing an oxygen tank and sitting in the crowd back in the 2015 Trump rallies cheering hard every-time he promised to take away your health care.

Ain't no tree hugger takin' away my constitutional right to be denied healthcare! And I have the right to everyone else's body too. Screeww them masks! Yeeee-hawww!

Anonymous said...

Ignorant !! Ignorant !!! Grow up !!!

Anonymous said...

Just b/c they are opening up businesses again and trying to save everyone's livelihood, does not mean that everyone must rush out into those businesses. If you're that scared, you also have the constitutional right to stay home. This judge evidently knows a lot more truth about what's going on than you do.

Anonymous said...

Thank the founding fathers for our God-given right to freedom of assembly guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Anonymous said...

8:35, Freedom of assembly is not a 'God-given right'. Get a grip.

Anonymous said...

We are sinking in trump’s swamp right now. Wake up people

Anonymous said...

Any of the fear mongers above ever hear of individual responsibility? You guys love your nanny state don't you. We can take measures without destroying PA's economy.Put everyone back to work. All you who drink the kool aid can hide under your beds with your masks. Yeah and we want our voting polls OPEN, take your mail in ballots and ...

Anonymous said...

I am betting a republican leaning judge! If people would use common sense, we would not have to”shut down” but Trump has certainly divided us! No more looking out for the other person!

Jimmy Jingweed said...

Trump's swamp is the place to be since it is drying out now that it is being drained. He's getting rid of all f the scum and bottom crawlers too....like Wolf.

Anonymous said...

Sit back....shut up...and let the Courts iron it out. Your opinion doesn't matter. Wear your mask and social distance. The law is the law. If it's unconstitutional then it's unconstitutional. My God.... stop acting like a bunch of babies! All of us need to step up and do what's necessary.

Anonymous said...

9:25 pm
Get a brain, ya ain't got one!

Anonymous said...

RIGHT Let’s keep trump and keep America going in a down hill slide. Because you Republicans wouldn’t know the difference anyway

Anonymous said...

This is sickening and hanus. Pity that politics interfere with our health.

Anonymous said...

Wow, saying that Trump divided us makes us already sound like a bunch of brainwashed dem supporters who cant think for themselves. You will always have the right to chose.

Anonymous said...

God bless President Trump the PEACEMAKER.

Mr. Plum said...

Those men who wrote the constitution would have hung Don and his followers. No better than the Karens I tell ya. You whine more than the whiners.

Anonymous said...

So some dumb ass judge agrees with the death cult I wonder how much judge shopping it took to find one. If you get sick sue the judge and the GOP they are both to blame for the death that will follow this stupid ruling.

Anonymous said...

Peacemaker?😳 wow you really can’t read πŸ˜‚