Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Barr will sue states for "excessive" restrictions

Attorney General William Barr ordered federal prosecutors to “be on the lookout” for coronavirus-related measures from states and localities that could infringe upon Americans’ constitutional rights and civil liberties, reported the Huffington Post. The report doesn't mention any effort by Barr or the DOJ to crack down on businesses or individuals who refuse to comply with"reasonable" restrictions.
In a memo to the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division as well as all 93 U.S. attorneys across the country, Barr indicated that the Trump administration may take legal action against state and local governments that impose excessive restrictions on citizens because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Will the DOJ use science to determine what is excessive or will they use the the Presidents's anecdotal, dangerous, off-the-wall bantering as a basis for legal action? 
“If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court,” Barr wrote.
“Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular time have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public,” Barr wrote. “But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time the public is protected.”
What ever happened to the longstanding support for states' rights by GOP conservatives?
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