Tom The Hypocrite Called Out By Judge


Why, [Judge Anne E. Covey] asked, is it a health risk to have more than 250 people at a time in the outdoor car show at the 100-acre Carlisle Fairgrounds when the governor decided it was OK for him to march shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of protesters through Harrisburg two weeks ago?The white guy with the blm sign

Wolf’s march with protesters becomes an issue in Pa. Health Department’s bid to shut down Carlisle car show

By Matt Miller | mmiller@pennlive.com  Updated Jun 18, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf’s march alongside Black Lives Matter protesters became an issue Thursday when an openly skeptical Commonwealth Court judge refused to issue an order to immediately curb the size of the crowd at the Spring Carlisle car show and flea market over Department of Health claims it poses a dire COVID-19 risk.

Instead, because of a dispute over whether the law firm for Carlisle Events, the show’s presenter, can represent the company, Judge Anne E. Covey rescheduled a hearing on the case for noon Friday to give the car show organizers time to get new lawyers.

It appears, however, that Covey is far from automatically inclined to side with the Health Department’s claim that the car show should be allowed to have no more than 250 attendees at a time because of the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

In fact, she really grilled the department’s lawyer, Brian Downey.

Why, she asked, is it a health risk to have more than 250 people at a time in the outdoor car show at the 100-acre Carlisle Fairgrounds when the governor decided it was OK for him to march shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of protesters through Harrisburg two weeks ago?

Downey replied that the protests against police brutality in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania communities involved the exercise of free speech rights.

Then why, Covey added, is it not a public health risk when people are allowed, without state interference, to flock to speedways for auto races that are attended by far more than 250 spectators?

Downey said “the risk we are looking at right now is so significant” with the car show because the event draws tens of thousands of spectators, including people from COVID-19 “hot spots” in and outside Pennsylvania.

Covey countered that all those protesters certainly included people from virus hot spots, but the Health Department didn’t ask the courts to shut them down, even though many weren’t even wearing protective masks. “Isn’t Philadelphia a hot spot? Isn’t Pittsburgh a hot spot?” she said.

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