The Justice Department supports the lawsuit of the state of Rep. Darren Bailey in Illinois on the residence permit of Governor J.B. Pritzker and also warns Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti against a longer-term isolation warrant.
On Friday, the DOJ filed a statement of interest in support of Republican Bailey’s lawsuit, disputing whether the Democratic Governor of Illinois can continue the state’s shutdown order beyond the 30 days allowed by state law, Fox News said.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of Illinois over the past two months has sought to rely on authority under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act to severely restrict almost all aspects of life for Illinois residents, significantly In some cases, it impairs their ability to sustain their economic livelihood, “the service said in a statement Fox news.
The DOJ intervened in the lawsuit of the state of Rep. Darren Bailey (left) on Governor J.B. Pritzker’s (right) residence permit on Friday
Bailey (left) filed the lawsuit alleging that Pritzker violated the civil rights of Illinois residents with his coronavirus home warrant. Bailey can be seen here on May 20 refusing to wear a mask at the Illinois House of Representatives before his colleagues chose to kick him out of the session
Bailey (right) is seen again the following day, May 21, at the House of Representatives meeting in Illinois, this time wearing a mandatory mask
The DOJ also said, “According to the lawsuit, the governor’s actions are not permitted by state law, as they exceed the 30-day period imposed by the Illinois legislature for the exercise of emergency powers conferred by the governor under the law. ”
Bailey had filed the lawsuit in April, claiming that Pritzker had exceeded his authority and violated the civil rights of Illinois residents with his corona virus home warrant.
A judge granted Bailey, a farmer representing a rural district, a personal temporary restraining order that prevented Illinois from imposing the home on him, making him the only person other than vital workers exempted from the injunction intended for residents keep safe and stop the spread of coronavirus, according to the Washington Post.
Following the judge’s order, Pritzker said at his daily press conference, “It is insulting, it is dangerous, and people’s health and safety are now endangered”, KMOV reported.
“There may be people who contract coronavirus as a result of what Darren Bailey has done now.”
Bailey now aims to extend the ruling to all residents of Illinois.
There are over 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 4,525 deaths in the state as of Thursday.
The civil rights angle enabled Pritzker to move Bailey’s lawsuit from state to federal court, which is the head of matters under the U.S. Constitution NBC Chicago.
The move was taken on Thursday, the day before a hearing was scheduled.
Pritzker moved Bailey’s case from a state to a federal court, but DOJ’s assistant attorney general Eric Dreiband (pictured) said the matter should be brought before a state court.
Pritzker is pictured here on April 17 touring a coronavirus alternative healthcare facility in Chicago
Protesters are seen in Springfield, Illinois, shouting for the state to reopen on Wednesday
Dreiband also wrote a letter warning Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured) of the ‘arbitrary and illegal’ extension of the county’s closure
Speaking of the move, DOJ’s Civil Rights Division assistant attorney general Eric Dreiband said in a statement, “The Illinois governor owes the people of Illinois to allow the courts of his state to assess the question whether Illinois law authorizes responding to COVID-19. ‘
Dreiband also noted, “Our system requires that all government officials, including administrators, comply with the law, especially during times of crisis. The Department of Justice remains committed to defending the rule of law and the American people at all times, especially during this difficult time when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘
“Well-intentioned, the executive orders seem to extend well beyond the scope of the 30-day emergency service provided to the governor under Illinois law,” said Steven Weinhoeft, US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, in a statement to the Associated Press.
“Even in times of crisis, executive actions taken in the name of public security must be lawful.”
Illinois attorney general spokesman Kwame Raoul said in a statement to NBC Chicago on Friday that his office will “ continue to defend the governor’s constitutional and legal right to act to protect the health and safety of all Illinois residents. to protect’.
In addition to intervening in the Illinois case, Dreiband also wrote to Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, and Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer, that the DOJ is concerned that the city “a random and heavy handed approach” to stay at home.
“Reports of your recent public statements indicate that you suggested the possibility of a long-term shutdown of residents of the city and county of Los Angeles, regardless of the legal justification for such restrictions,” Dreiband wrote. Los Angeles Times. “Such an approach can be arbitrary or illegal.”
The letter continued, stating that while the DOJ “recognizes and appreciates the duty you have to protect the health and safety of the people of Los Angeles” it is true that “the government is not unlimited and should be exercised reasonably.”
“Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” the letter also noted, Fox News said.
Earlier in May, Ferrer had suggested that the Los Angeles County home order would likely be extended for a few more months – possibly until the summer – although Garcetti has slowly eased restrictions, allowing curb retrieval from businesses and reopening beaches and walking becomes paths between other outdoor activities.
Dreiband’s letter to Garcetti and intervention in the Illinois case come on the same day that the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx said that Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC were coronavirus hotspots.