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Federal court rules Pennsylvania's lockdown order unconstitutional

 

Last updated 9/23/2020 at 4:31am

Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's lockdown restrictions, including a ban on large gatherings and the closure of "non-life sustaining businesses," are unconstitutional, according to a federal judge's ruling Monday, Sept. 14. Sipa USA/Newscom/Bastiaan Slabbers photo

A federal judge Monday, Sept. 14, ruled that lockdown restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, including a ban on large gatherings and the closure of "non-life sustaining businesses," are unconstitutional.

While those restrictions were "well-intentioned," U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV said, "good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge. Indeed, the greatest threats to our system of constitutional liberties may arise when the ends are laudable and the intent is good – especial...



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