(TheFreedomFlag.com)- A federal judge ruled on Monday that the excessive COVID lockdown measures put in place by Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf were unconstitutional. The lockdown measures ordered people to stay at home, banned gatherings of a certain size, and required businesses that he deemed “non-life-sustaining” to stay shut down until further notice.
United States District Judge William Stickman IV sided with plaintiffs who filed a suit against Governor Wolf. The plaintiffs included owners of Pennsylvania businesses like movie theaters, farmer’s market stalls, and hair salons. A number of Republican officeholders were also listed on the suit.
The ruling is a huge win for the people of Pennsylvania who have suffered some of the most excessive lockdowns in the country.
Judge Stickman, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, ruled that Wolf’s policies were unconstitutional, arbitrary, and overreaching.
Specifically, Stickman said that Wolfe’s policies “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency” but that “even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.”
Stickman said that the stay-at-home order and the closure of Pennsylvania businesses were violations of the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause and that the limit on the size of gatherings was a violation of the First Amendment right to assembly.
The judge also ruled that the closure of businesses in the state were in violation of the Equal Protection Clause as set out in the Fourteenth Amendment. This clause says that the state should govern in an impartial way and treat all individuals in the same manner. That means that business owners cannot be discriminated against n the basis that the governor doesn’t consider their businesses to be important enough.
“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 judge wrote. “There is no question that this country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort. But the solution to a national crisis 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.”
Christine Wartluft, a co-owner of a Pennsylvania restaurant, told the Daily Caller that she and other plaintiffs consider it a victory but that they will “continue to fight this governor and show him the same relentlessness that he has shown our great state.”