What was that? Did you hear it? Just a hint of a whisper. Scarcely enough to stir the dust. But it’s a start. Maybe the U.S. Constitution isn’t dead yet, after all. According to a Washington Post story, U.S. District of Western Pennsylvania Judge William Strickland IV ruled that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s executive orders limiting “gatherings and closure of nonessential businesses” (including religious services – maybe someone should have reminded him that attending church services is not a “business” activity) violated both the First Amendment and the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.
The Post story points out that the case “stemmed from a complaint filed in May by four Pennsylvania counties — Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington — which argued against the state’s orders to close ‘non-life-sustaining’ businesses and limit gatherings to 25 people indoors or 250 people outdoors.” (Technically, it wasn’t “the state’s order,” but a gubernatorial executive order, bypassing the State Legislature.)