In his 66-page ruling, [U.S. district judge William] Stickman … [said] that although “this country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort,” the solution to a crisis on a national scale “can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment.”
“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,” wrote Stickman.
“Rather, the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency. Actions taken by defendants crossed those lines.
Oh, boy, big time!
It is the duty of the court to declare those actions unconstitutional.”
Shall we take Ralph and the Guv out now to tar and feather ’em or wait until after lunch?
Stickman wrote that while he believes that the “defendants undertook their actions in a well-intentioned effort to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus,”
HA! Don’t give them that out. They’re tyrants, through and through, lusting after power and hoarding all they can get.
even in an emergency, “the authority of 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.” …
An attorney for the plaintiffs, Thomas E. Breth, was quoted as saying in an Action News 4 (Pittsburgh) report, “This ruling stands for the proposition that even in a pandemic, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do not forfeit their constitutionally protected rights.”
Especially on the say-so of a guy who thinks he’s a woman.
Another attorney for the plaintiffs, Thomas W. King III, said … that you can’t “tell 13 million Pennsylvanians that they have to stay home. That’s not America. It never was. That order was horrible.”
I redouble my hopes that other lawyers will similarly argue and other judges will so rule on these cases. This one in Ohio, for example, looks to be heading the same way.11:41 am on September 23, 2020 Email Becky Akers