Court Deals Blow to Stay-At-Home Orders

Court Deals Blow to Stay-At-Home Orders

( – Americans are ready to leave their homes and get back to the business of living. They’re sick and tired of having their freedom taken away from them by governors who issued strict stay-at-home orders. In Illinois, a judge sided with them this week.

The Ruling

Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey (R) filed a motion to stop Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) from ordering him to stay home or “…limiting his ability to travel within the state.” The lawmaker said the governor exceeded his authority when he issued the stay-at-home order.

A judge issued a ruling in Bailey’s favor, overturning the governor’s order in this case. The decision only applies to the Republican lawmaker but it’s setting a precedent for others to sue as well.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s spokeswoman said her boss is looking at the ruling and “reviewing” the state’s options.

Other Lawsuits Around The Country

In Fresno, California, a council member is threatening to sue the mayor and city council over the city’s shelter-in-place order. According to Garry Bredefeld, the emergency order is unconstitutional.

In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is being sued for her social-distancing orders. She has put in place some of the toughest stay-at-home orders in the country and has been the target of multiple protests.

AG Barr To The Rescue

US Attorney General William Barr is watching all of this unfold across the country and he isn’t going to let Americans lose their rights. According to Fox News, the AG issued a memo on April 27, telling federal prosecutors to watch for stay-at-home orders that violate the Constitution.

If the prosecutors find a law that violates the law of the land, they’re to take the state or city to federal court to get relief for citizens.

Just because there’s a pandemic doesn’t mean the Bill of Rights is no longer valid. If states like Illinois and Michigan are unable to craft orders maintaining the freedoms of individuals in this country, no order should be issued at all. The Constitution isn’t something that’s followed when they feel like it. That’s not how it works in the US — and anyone who says differently needs to go back to school for a refresher course in American history.

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