Pennsylvania – Federal court judge William Stickman IV ruled September 14, 2020, that the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf were unconstitutional.
The judge wrote, “Efforts were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency. But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered. “
“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“, the judge remarked (Associated Press).
The left-wing governor who was indicating all intention of indefinite lockdowns like so many other left-wing governors, already had to relax his restrictions and reopen his state. This adds a huge blow to his gubernatorial record as a civil rights violator.
The judge did point out that he was suspending the restrictions, and that it was possible for the governor to institute those restrictions again if COVID-19 became worse.
“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”, a spokeswoman for the judge said.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated that he plans to appeal the Federal Court’s decision.