A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Monday the state Democratic governor’s lockdown orders were unconstitutional, violating both the First and 14th Amendments.
The lawsuit, brought by Butler, Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties joined by Pittsburg-area Republican Congressman Mike Kelly and several state representatives, was filed in May arguing Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders implemented with state Health Secretary Rachel Levine to shut down businesses violated constitutional liberties. Seven businesses that included several hair salons and an appliance store had also joined the suit.
“Does a governor, any governor, our governor, Wisconsin’s governor, whomever, do they have the authority – through the Constitution through the United States of America – to shut down the economy the way they did or force closures of any businesses?” Washington County Commissioner Nick Sherman told a Pittsburg CBS affiliate in July.
In the 66-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania William Stickman struck down Wolf’s limits on indoor and outdoor