Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hogan Threatens to Jail Republican Protesting Lockdown

Three Republican state lawmakers are among 18 plaintiffs suing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in federal court, over the constitutionality of the state's stay-at-home order and the order banning gatherings of more than 10 people.

The lawsuit was filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

One of the lawmakers, Del. Dan Cox, says that he was threatened with arrest on Saturday morning if he spoke at a ReOpen Maryland rally at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, where the group was starting a road caravan across the state.

In court papers, Cox argues that he was warned by a senior law enforcement official that the “Governor has his sights on you” and that if I attend, ride along and speak at the Reopen Rally, I would potentially be arrested because certain individuals had indicated they may stop cars “and arrest you.”

The suit claims Cox than called Hogan's  senior advisor Andrew Cassilly and Chief Counsel Mike Pedone "that if Del. Cox attends and speaks at the Reopen Rally he may be arrested."
I just saw Judge Napolitano tell Neil Cavuto that Governors did not actually have the authority to order the arrest or ticketing of lock down violators. I suspect he's wrong, but maybe we'll get a ruling on this before all this is over.

It's amazing how fast a little power goes to politician's heads.

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