Saturday, February 24, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Attorney Discusses Lawsuit Challenging Hawaii Lockdown
By Video @ 4:59 AM :: 3443 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

Lawsuit Challenging Hawaii Lockdown

Attorneys Marc Victor and Jody Broaddus explain on "Hawaii Together" why the "Pennsylvania ruling" could be the much-needed hole in the dike

From Grassroot Institute, September 17, 2020

Opponents of Hawaii's economic and social lockdowns were greeted with good news on Monday, namely that the lockdown restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), including a ban on large gatherings and the closure of "non-life sustaining businesses," are unconstitutional.

Honolulu attorney Marc Victor, whose firm Attorneys For Freedom is pursuing a similar case in Hawaii, said on Keli'i Akina's "Hawaii Together" program that the Pennsylvania ruling affirmed the idea that, "Emergencies do not suspend constitutional rights."

"That's been really the feeling across the country, at least in my opinion, by a lot of people wearing black robes," said Victor. "It's been, 'Look, there's an emergency. All these great protections and things that we have in our Constitution that the Founding Fathers and framers of the Constitution put out there, that stuff doesn't matter anymore because we're in an emergency." I think that this judge in Pennsylvania basically gave a little bit of lip service to that saying, 'Look, at the beginning …" and I feel the same."

"Now, here we are in September," he continued. "We've got a lot more information about what's happened with … this virus and how many people get ill and who's really vulnerable and who's not. Things have to change. We cannot get lulled in to this endless idea that governors can just continually keep issuing and reissuing these proclamations that fly in the face of everything about American jurisprudence. …

"I really cheer on, and I am really happy to read, the decision from Pennsylvania. I'm sure it's going to be appealed. I hope the judges on the Court of Appeals feel the same way."

Akina asked attorney Jody Broaddus, also with Attorneys For Freedom, if the new ruling offered any hope to "Hawaii businesses that have been shuttered by the emergency orders."

Absolutely, she said. "I think the judge in the Pennsylvania case did an excellent job of presenting the constitutional issues, not just saying there's an emergency and you can turn a blind eye. With the businesses, people have a right to earn a [living], and the court was cognizant of that. Another thing that the court did is …  a good job of opening up that you can't just say people can do certain things but not certain things when it's the same issue. For example, you can't tell people not to go to the grocery store, but … let them go to church. The exposure is still the same."

---30---

Different Lawsuit: COVID: Court Upholds Ige Emergency Order Authority Beyond 60 Days

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT