The United States Attorney General has announced he has instructed local Governors to consider legal action against orders that may infringe on Civil Rights.
According to The Washington Times, Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the country to consider legal action against governors if their efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus infringe on Americans’ civil rights.
In a two-page memo, Mr. Barr directed all U.S. attorneys to “be on the lookout” for local and state directives that could violate religious, free speech or economic rights under the Constitution.
“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,” Mr. Barr wrote in a memo to the 93 U.S. attorneys.
He went on to discuss the the depth of control exhibited.
“Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times 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. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis,” Barr wrote.
Leveling balance Barr said: “We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected.”
Attorney General Barr’s Memo to U.S. Attorneys: