A federal judge in Pittsburgh has denied the state’s request to delay enforcement of his ruling that many of Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders were unconstitutional.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office had asked a federal judge to retain Wolf’s limits on crowd size, at least for now, warning that allowing large groups to congregate during a legal battle over Wolf’s public health orders “will result in people’s deaths” from the coronavirus.
The stay was denied by U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, who noted that the defendants “did not proffer any specific evidence to differentiate between the danger allegedly posed by gatherings governed by specific numeric limitations and gatherings governed by occupancy limitations.”
Stickman wrote, “Despite defendants having every opportunity to make a record, there is simply no evidence that would justify, from a constitutional perspective, the disparate treatment of gatherings.”
Click here to read the full text of the judge’s ruling denying the stay.
The Wolf administration has been enforcing a gathering limit of 25 people for events held indoors and 250 people for those held outside.
This is a breaking news story. Stay with the WTAE mobile app for updates. Below is a previous story (Sept. 16) from The Associated Press.
Pennsylvania’s top lawyer asked a federal judge Wednesday to retain Gov. Tom Wolf’s limits on crowd size, at least for now, warning that allowing large groups to congregate during a legal battle over Wolf’s public health orders “will result in people’s deaths” from the coronavirus.
The office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro asked the judge, an appointee of President Donald Trump, to delay enforcement of his ruling that many of the Democratic governor’s pandemic shutdown orders were unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV in Pittsburgh ruled against the state’s current size limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, saying they violate citizens’ constitutional right to…
Read the Full Story Here: Judge denies stay of order that found Pennsylvania virus restrictions unconstitutional
This is a HUGE win for Pennsylvania citizens and will go a long way in aiding other states to follow suit against the unjust and unconstitutional COVID-19 restrictions placed on other citizens throughout the Unites States of America…
That is all I have for now.