Skip to comments.Federal judge denies Gov. Tom Wolf’s request for stay on pandemic restrictions ruling
Posted on 09/22/2020 1:19:52 PM PDT by lightman
A federal judge on Tuesday denied Gov. Tom Wolfs administrations request for a stay on a federal court decision that found some of the governors COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to be unconstitutional.
The Wolf Administration sought the stay while appealing U.S. Western District Judge William Stickman IVs order that was issued last week that ruled the governors closure of nonessential business, a stay-at-home order and an order to limit gathering sizes were unconstitutional.
In denying the stay, Stickman said, the public interest would be ill served if the court would grant the stay allowing the unconstitutional measures to remain in place.
Wolf argued in the underlying case that his actions mirrored those of other governors and said it has saved lives. In seeking the stay while the litigation is heard by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the governors team argued staying the decision was necessary to ensure life-saving mitigation tools ... remain in place.
The lawsuit against the governor and state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine challenging the constitutionality of the governors orders was filed a group of seven businesses and their owners, a congressman, three state representatives and Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties.
In his 66-page ruling, Stickman found the governors orders, though well-intentioned to protect Pennsylvanians from the coronavirus, violated the First Amendment, and the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.
At an afternoon news conference in Philadelphia about the launching of a COVID alert app, Wolf acknowledged that the judges ruling does lift the prohibition of mass gatherings of people.
However, he added, were working in the meantime to present schools and others with guidance to say ok, in our best estimation from the health point of view, you got to be careful if you get together. And if you get together in bigger and bigger numbers, youre leaving yourself open to bigger and bigger likelihood that youre going to catch the disease.
Levine said that has been shown to be the case in a number of outbreaks in places around the country.
Its not ok to gather in large numbers, she said. "There are consequences to peoples actions. What this virus has certainly taught us as were all interconnected and you cant avoid that. This is not a political issue. Its not a partisan issue. its a public health issue. "
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Awesome! Pound sand you tyrant-—Now we need limits on the man child in crime. Now fix the Supreme court debacle on voting by mail!
I suspect the 3rd. Circuit is going to grant a stay while they hear the appeal. A lot of people think that ultimately they’ll side with this judge though.
......Levine makes me want to puke, regardless of what he/she/it says....one thing this virus HAS taught all of us is that when dips**ts like him and his boss get their grubby hands on power over their subjects, they make life miserable for them.....must be in the human nature of these losers...
Operation Rescue has taken down TWO Ohio Health Directors by digging up personal dirt on them.
Would you guys PLEASE take a run at Levine?
he/she/it sounds like a pedophile predator.
that said, weird that Pennsylvanians bend
their ... whatever to he/she/it.
I guess Wolf values the lives of COVID patients more highly than he does the lives of people that commit suicide due to their despairing the loss of their businesses or their isolation from their fellow human beings.
I guess Wolf values the lives of COVID patients more highly than he does the lives of people that die from untreated illnesses and undiagnosed illness.
I guess Wolf values the lives of COVID patients more highly than he does the lives of those that die of drug use or alcoholism.
I guess for Wolf the only people that count are those that will make billions of dollars from the COVID scam.
“Wolf argued in the underlying case that his actions mirrored those of other governors and said it has saved lives.”
Neither of those arguments is actually relevant to the question of whether the measures are constitutional. Wolf’s lawyers probably would have served him better if they had made a relevant argument, but I guess they couldn’t come up with one.
You are correct
That is not a Constitutional argument.
But the Constitution is not a Democrat’s strong suit.
His actions "saved" no lives...just forestalled some COVID deaths while hastening many deaths from despair, from overdose, and from suicide.
Does this lift Wolf’s “mandatory masks in public businesses” order as well?
Stickman for SCOTUS!
Mr. Wolf and Mr. Levine, I do not want your guidance. I don't follow the advice of people who willing cut off their penis. I don't follow the advice of people who appoint trannies to high office. I don't follow the advice of Marxists. Please do yourselves a favor and reenact the Bud Dwyer press conference, you pathetic pieces of schiff.
I wish it did; but it does not.
It applies strictly to the 25/250 indoor/outdoor capacity regulations.
Wolf argued in the underlying case that his actions mirrored those of other governors and said it has saved lives.
Neither of those arguments is actually relevant to the question of whether the measures are constitutional. Wolfs lawyers probably would have served him better if they had made a relevant argument, but I guess they couldnt come up with one.
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