AG Directs Focus to These Stay-at-Home Orders

AG Directs Focus to These Stay-at-Home Orders

( – In a memo issued on Monday, April 27th, Attorney General William Barr stepped up his defense of civil liberties. He instructed federal prosecutors to “lookout” for states who issue overly restrictive orders that may infringe on constitutional rights. If a state or local government oversteps its appropriate use of authority to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be obligated to address the overreach in federal court.

The AG said many of these policies would be unthinkable in regular times. To Barr, there’s no excuse for governments to act as if the constitution is suspended during emergencies or a crisis. At the same time, he also recognized state restrictions are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Barr recently commented some state orders were “disturbingly close to house arrest.” President Donald Trump backed the attorney general Monday night during a news conference. Trump said Barr wants people to return to work without them losing their rights or livelihood.

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