Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling overturning stay-at-home order highlights widening US debate on pandemic

Attorney General Barr likens restrictions to house arrests

 

Pennsylvania Lockdown Lawsuit Victory May Cure a Plague of Pandemic Restrictions

The Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency.

“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 U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IVĀ in his September 14 decision,….

In particular, Stickman found that limits on gatherings run afoul of First Amendment protections for assembly rights, stay-at-home orders violate the substantive due process guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment, and arbitrary business closures violate the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Judge blocks 30-day extension of Illinois stay-at-home order

A southern Illinois judge on Monday blocked Governor J.B. Pritzker’s 30-day extension of the state’s stay-at-home order, granting a temporary restraining order sought by a Republican state lawmaker who argued the governor overstepped his authority….

DOJ sides with church in challenge to coronavirus state order limiting gatherings in Virginia

DOJ sides with Mississippi church in COVID-19 challenge