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Judge rules Pennsylvania’s shutdown order unconstitutional

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf intends to appeal

By Nikita Biryukov, September 14 2020 4:59 pm

A federal judge ruled a Pennsylvania shutdown order meant to blunt the spread of COVID-19 was unconstitutional Monday.

The ruling issued by U.S. District Court Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump nominee, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D-Penn.) shutdown order violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th amendment.

Wolf said he intends to appeal the decision.

Stickman’s ruling is unlikely to serve as precedent for other states, though it’s possible similar cases will cite it.

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