The Center for American Liberty, the Dhillon Law Group, and the American Phoenix Project, filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday morning against California Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials on behalf of five Californians who had life defining moments #RuinedByNewsom by denying their constitutional rights.
Also named are California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Mark Ghilarducci, and State Public Health Officer Sonia Angell.
Named in the lawsuit are:
Plaintiff Monica Six of Orange County had her April 21, 2020 wedding #RuinedByNewsom.
Plaintiffs Derek and LaurieSue Medlin have been denied access by Newsom, for all but 30 minutes twice a week to their special needs son who lives in a non-medical residential home that provides 24/7 care.
Plaintiff Bailey Batten of San Diego had her high school graduation #RuinedByNewsom.
Plaintiff Jane Doe is a breast cancer survivor, her surgeon deems it necessary to schedule a reconstruction surgery. However, the surgeon cannot schedule this necessary surgery because Newsom is refusing hospitals to perform “cosmetic” procedures.
The lawsuit states:
“Defendants have used the Coronavirus pandemic to expand their authority by unprecedented lengths, depriving Plaintiffs and all other residents of California of fundamental rights protected by the U.S. and California Constitutions, especially but not limited to, the right to travel, the right to liberty, the right to the equal protection of the law, and the rights protected by the California Emergency Services Act. It is this Court’s duty to defend these constitutional and statutory principles by safeguarding the rights and liberties of Californians that Defendants violate.”
“On April 27, 2020, Attorney General William Barr sent a memorandum to all United States Attorneys regarding civil rights violations occurring in various states during the coronavirus crisis.1 2. Attorney General Barr stated that “the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.”
“In his memorandum, Attorney General Barr directs all United States Attorneys to identify state directives that could be violating the Constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens. Attorney General Barr then directs that: 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.”
“This lawsuit is filed to challenge the very type of overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections identified by Attorney General Barr.”
“The State Order and Defendants’ enforcement thereof infringe upon (I) the right to travel under the Fifth Amendment, (II) the right to liberty under the Fifth Amendment, (III) the right to the equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment, (IV) the rights protected by the California Emergency Services Act, and (V) the right to liberty under Article 1, Section 1 of the California Constitution.”
This is lawsuit #10 by the Center for American Liberty and the Dhillon Law Group. Each of the cases can be found here.
Get out the popcorn for this lawsuit!
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