Judge strikes down Pennsylvania governor’s coronavirus restrictions

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa. | Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP

U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV on Monday struck down pandemic restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, ruling that they were overreaching, arbitrary, and unconstitutional.

Courts upheld the Wolf administration’s initial lockdown that aimed to curb infections early in the coronavirus crisis.

Wolf lifted most of those, but during the renewed surge in cases over the summer Wolf’s administration imposed new restrictions on bars, restaurants, and large outdoor gatherings.

Stickman, who was appointed by President Trump, said he recognized that Wolf’s actions “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency, but even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.”

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