Masks do nothing to stop the spread of COVID and are harming children

As we discussed in yesterday’s episode of Freedom is Scary, the national’s leading industrial hygiene expert, Stephen E. Petty, P.E. CIH., C.S.P. of EES Group, Inc., is an actual expert in the use of masks. The science shows the reason that the virus spread in total disregard for widespread mask usage: because masks do nothing to stop the spread of the virus.

The science shows that COVID-19 virus particles are less than 1 micron in size, which is 4,000 times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair. These particles, which infect people through inhalation into the lungs, are so small, that when exhaled into an indoor room, it will take hours, and most likely days, to drop the five feet from one’s mouth to the floor. But there are actual solutions, which science provides to us, but which are being ignored by the the media and government officials.

Dr. Petty holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, both with honors. He has an M.B.A. He was a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle. He was the Senior Research Engineer at Colombia Gas. He was the President of EES Group, an engineering company in Colombus, Ohio. He has a CIH national certification, as well as a C.S.P. certification and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Texas. He served as a national exposure/PPE expert in more than 400 cases, including Monsanto Roundup and DuPont C-8. He’s also an Adjunct Professor at Franklin University and holds 9 U.S. Patents. He holds membership in all the Industrial Hygiene professional associations, as well as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

“Industrial Hygiene” is “That science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of those environmental factors or stressors arising in or from the workplace, which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or among the citizens of the community. So, it’s the scientific field associated with exposure, PPE and warnings. It has nothing to do with dentistry. Unfortunately, this field has been mostly ignored by the media and the Government, who has relied on medical doctors, who are not trained in exposure and PPE. That’s beginning to change. But not quickly enough.

Exposure can occur in 4 ways: inhalation, dermal, ingestion and intravenous. Obviously, lower concentrations of exposure are better, and less time of exposure is better. Dr. Petty has four main points to exposure:

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the least desirable way to protect people.
  2. Masks are not PPE.
  3. Scientific evidence suggests COVID-19 particles are mostly small aerosols – not droplets, which would mean respirators, rather than masks, are needed to protect the lungs (which makes the 6′ rule effectively meaningless).
  4. Smaller particles are likely a greater cause of disease since they get past PPE and can reach deep into the lungs.
  5. What DOES work are Engineering controls of dilution and destruction.

Thus, the least effective option of minimizing exposure is PPE. then minimizing exposure distance and time, and then engineering controls designed to dilute, destroy or contain the particles.

Masks, as we have been mandated to wear, are not “respirators.”

Despite telling the public to wear masks, OSHA admits they are not protective:

The CDC also tells the public to wear masks, but also admits they are not protective:

In other words, masks don’t meet any of the OSHA respiratory protection standards that are used in the workplace. Yet we’re being forcibly subjected to them, as are our children. The public has been told that COVID-19 particles fall to the ground within 6 feet, and therefore can safely “social distance.” However, OSHA has admitted otherwise:

To the extent that COVID-19 is aerosol, masks do absolutely nothing. A study from the National Academy of Sciences Press establish that most of the COVID-19 particles emitted from those infected are aerosols, or consisting of 0.3 to 0.5 microns. “Droplets” consist of particles much greater in size than aerosols. The science shows however, that most COVID-19 particles are aerosols, not droplets. As such, they are less than 1 micron in size.

The NASP paper concluded that “the proportion of small respiratory droplets (i.e., aerosols) [were the majority of particles exhaled in all subjects]….”

Exactly how tiny is a micron? It’s 4,000 times smaller than a single human hair.

The National Academy of Sciences Press paper also concluded that there may be an elevated risk of the airborne transmission of COVID-19 by way of the very small droplets that transmit through conventional masks and traverse distances far exceeding the conventional social distancing standards of 2 meters, or around 7 feet, and that exhaled aerosol numbers appear to be not only an indicator of disease progression, but a marker of disease risk in non-infected individuals.

These particles are so small, that the length of time they remain airborne effectively renders “social distancing” irrelevant to the indoor spread of COVID-19. An aerosol COVID-19 particle, the majority of which are less than 1 micron in size, takes hours, and even days, to fall just from mouth-level to the ground.

  1. Aerosols (very small particles of less than 5 microns) can stay suspended in air for hours to days.
  2. Since they stay suspended for so long, they can actually accumulate in concentration in indoor air, rather than dropping out to the ground as one would assume with “droplets.”
  3. This effectively renders the 6 foot rule of social distancing useless; this also renders masks essentially useless, since they don’t filter out aerosols and can’t seal the gaps around the edges.

Imagine the virus as a gnat flying through a wall made out of chain link fence, which also has open windows and doors (which represents the gaps around the edges of the mask). There is literally nothing stopping or restricting the free and open travel of the gnat through the “wall.”

On February 15, 2021, almost a year after the beginning of the pandemic and state of emergency mandates, 13 physicians and scientists with expertise in aerosol science, occupational health and infectious diseases wrote to the CDC, as well as to the COVID response team at the White House and Dr. Fauci, asking them to investigate the implications of aerosols. They advised that:

For many months it has been clear that transmission through inhalation of small aerosol particles in an important and significant mode of COVID-19 virus transmission. They additionally warned that numerous studies have demonstrated that aerosols produced through breathing, talking and singing are concentrated close to the infected person and can remain in the air and viable for long periods of time and travel long distances within a room – sometimes even farther.

They further noted that although the CDC recognized back in October that COVID-19 was spread through inhalation of aerosols as a route of infection, most CDC guidance and recommendations have not yet been updated or strengthened to address and limit inhalation exposure to small aerosol particles. They noted that the CDC continues to use the outdated and confusing term “respiratory droplets” to describe both larger propelled droplet sprays and smaller inhaleable aerosol particles.

To make a long letter short, they informed the nation’s so-called health experts that CDC guidance and recommendations do not include the control measures necessary for protecting the public, and workers, from inhalation exposure to COVID-19.

So we know that with aerosols, masks do not protect you, or others. Masks have been ordered along with an emotional appeal to wear a mask to protect others, or so that you can go see your grandkids, or go in a store – or whatever. Instead of arguing over masks and trying to convince those who have been propagandized that they don’t work, he proposes actual solutions which do work: dilution or destruction:

So being outside when possible and increasing fresh air ventilation actually does work. But the other thing that works is destruction. Technology exists which can destroy viruses from indoor spaces, such as needle point ionization technology.

As a country, we’ve taken out more debt in the past 12 months than we did from the beginning of the pandemic, all the way to 1776. How many lives could have been saved, or still could be saved, if even some of the billions of dollars wasted could have gone to purchase ventilation systems and needle point ionization technology for our elderly population? Instead, we’re convincing people to have a false senses of security in wearing a mostly-useless mask.

In recent days, the CDC has finally begun to admit that the virus is spread through aerosols of 5 microns and less, which may take days to settle, yet they nevertheless stick to mask usage based solely on the existence of larger droplets, in addition to aerosols:

Research shows that the particle size of SARS-CoV-2 is around 0.1 micrometer (μm). However, the virus generally does not travel through the air by itself. These viral particles are human-generated, so the virus is trapped in respiratory droplets and droplet nuclei (dried respiratory droplets) that are larger. Most of the respiratory droplets and particles exhaled during talking, singing, breathing, and coughing are less than 5 μm in size…..

Collectively these particles are capable of remaining airborne for hours and are most associated with deep lung penetration.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.html

In other words, masks aren’t going to be able to stop the aerosol spread of the virus, but we want you to continue wearing masks, because they will stop “trapped” particles in larger droplets, i.e., close-range spitting in each other’s mouths. But if your’e close enough to do that, and aerosol particles can get through the masks and linger in the air for hours, what difference does that make, since it’s already deeply penetrated your lungs?

But this is much more dangerous than just a futile exercise in COVID theater and self-congratulations about caring for those around you. Take a look at the German study which was released showing that children are being harmed by the forced usage of masks. The first results of a German study of over 26,000 children and adolescents show 68% of parents reported impairments in their children as a result of mask-wearing, including the following side effects: irritability (60%), headache (53%), difficulty concentrating (50%), decreased happiness (49%), malaise (42%), impaired learning (38%), and fatigue (37%).

What are the benefits of this mandate, even if masks did work in stopping a spread, that could possibly justify this collateral damage? And what about the emotional damage? A 2010 paper from Harvard University observed the damage that can be caused by exposing them to endless fear and anxiety: “Ensuring that young children have safe, secure environments in which to grow, learn, and develop healthy brains and bodies is not only good for the children themselves but also builds a strong foundation for a thriving, prosperous society,” wrote the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child for Harvard University. “Science shows that early exposure to circumstances that produce persistent fear and chronic anxiety can have lifelong consequences by disrupting the developing architecture of the brain.”

Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) lists the potential harms and disadvantages of mask use by healthy people:

  • potential increased risk of self-contamination due to the manipulation of a face mask and subsequently touching eyes with contaminated hands;
  • potential self-contamination that can occur if non- medical masks are not changed when wet or soiled. This can create favourable conditions for microorganism to amplify;
  • potential headache and/or breathing difficulties, depending on type of mask used;
  • potential development of facial skin lesions, irritant dermatitis or worsening acne, when used frequently for long hours;
  • difficulty with communicating clearly;
  • potential discomfort;
  • a false sense of security, leading to potentially lower adherence to other critical preventive measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene;
  • poor compliance with mask wearing, in particular by young children;
  • waste management issues; improper mask disposal leading to increased litter in public places, risk of contamination to street cleaners and environment hazard;
  • difficulty communicating for deaf persons who rely on lip reading;
  • disadvantages for or difficulty wearing them, especially for children, developmentally challenged persons, those with mental illness, elderly persons with cognitive impairment, those with asthma or chronic respiratory or breathing problems, those who have had facial trauma or recent oral maxillofacial surgery, and those living in hot and humid environments.

Why are we subjecting our children to forced mask usage in our schools when they do nothing to stop aerosol COVID-19 particles from being either exhaled or inhaled, and where if present, they could be floating around inside a classroom for hours, or even days? Given the evidence that children are being harmed, and even subjected to an increased possibility of infection through using them, such policies are truly irrational, misguided and dangerous.

Here’s the live video from Freedom is Scary Ep. No. 54, where I discuss litigation strategy to save the children from masks with civil rights lawyers, Chris Wiest from Kentucky, and Andy Fox from Tennessee:

Federal Lockdown Tyranny Challenge: The Governor files a Motion to Dismiss and Here’s our Response

Update on the Federal Covid Tyranny Challenge: The Governor filed a motion to dismiss our lawsuit, and we responded yesterday. I think Samuel Adams said it best on October 14, 1771:

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

Here’s the Governor’s motion to dismiss our federal lawsuit on behalf of the Bridge Cafe & Bistro Restaurant, challenging the Stay at Home Order and the Mask Mandate:

Here’s our response we filed yesterday evening:

West Virginia Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Texas v. Pennsylvania at the Supreme Court

Here is the actual filing with the SCOTUS that West Virginia signed onto, along with 15 other states, which was submitted by the Attorney General of Missouri:

This is extremely interesting – not because of the election fraud aspect of it, but because the basis of the entire petition to the Supreme Court is the principle of separation of powers with respect to the powers of state legislatures. This has been the same basis upon which we challenged the West Virginia Governor’s executive orders pursuant to his declaration of a state of emergency. The exact same issue. Additionally, West Virginia also changed election laws without going through the legislature, in which case there could be issues of validity pertaining to the West Virginia election in 2020. In other words, if the popular votes in PA, MI, GA and WI should be invalidated based upon changes in state election laws by their executive branches, instead of their legislative branches, then so should the COVID mandates in those states – as well as in West Virginia – also be unconstitutional for the same reasons.

Here are some excerpts from the arguments in this amicus brief, supporting the Texas lawsuit:

Encroachments on the authority of state Legislatures by other state actors violate the separation of powers and threaten individual liberty. The unconstitutional encroachments on the authority of state Legislatures in this case raise particularly grave concerns…..

In every other context, this Court recognizes that the Constitution’s separation-of-powers provisions are designed to preserve liberty. “It is the proud boast of our democracy that we have ‘a government of laws, and not of men.’” Morrison v. Olson, 487 U.S. 654, 697 (1988) (Scalia, J., dissenting). “The Framers of the Federal Constitution . . . viewed the principle of separation of powers as the absolutely central guarantee of a just Government.” Id. “Without a secure structure of separated powers, our Bill of Rights would be worthless, as are the bills of rights of many nations of the world that have adopted, or even improved upon, the mere words of ours.” Id. “The purpose of the separation and equilibration of powers in general . . . was not merely to assure effective government but to preserve individual freedom.” Id. at 727….

It is no accident that the Constitution allocates such authority to state Legislatures, rather than executive officers such as Secretaries of State, or judicial officers such as state Supreme Courts. The Constitutional Convention’s delegates frequently recognized that the Legislature is the branch most responsive to the People and most democratically accountable. See, e.g., Robert G. Natelson, The Original Scope of the Congressional Power to Regulate Elections, 13 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 1, 31 (2010) (collecting ratification documents expressing that state legislatures were most likely to be in sympathy with the interests of the people); Federal Farmer, No. 12 (1788), reprinted in 2 THE FOUNDERS’ CONSTITUTION (Philip B. Kurland & Ralph Lerner eds., 1987) (arguing that electoral regulations “ought to be left to the state legislatures, they coming far nearest to the people themselves”); THE FEDERALIST NO. 57, at 350 (C. Rossiter, ed. 2003) (Madison, J.) (stating that the “House of Representatives is so constituted as to support in its members an habitual recollection of their dependence on the people”); id. (stating that the “vigilant and manly spirit that actuates the people of America” is greatest restraint on the House of Representatives). 

Democratic accountability in the method of selecting the President of the United States is a powerful bulwark safeguarding individual liberty. By identifying the “Legislature thereof” in each State as the regulator of elections for federal officers, the Electors Clause of Article II, § 1 prohibits the very arrogation of power over Presidential elections by non-legislative officials that the Defendant States perpetrated in this case. By violating the Constitution’s separation of powers, these non- legislative actors undermined the liberty of all Americans, including the voters in amici States. 


BRIEF OF STATE OF MISSOURI AND 16 OTHER STATES AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE BILL OF COMPLAINT

One could apply these same arguments to point out that West Virginia has been living under a state of government by executive orders, issued by the governor pursuant to his indefinite declaration of a State of Emergency, including orders altering state election law. If PA, GA, WI and MI violated state separation of powers doctrines in changing their state election laws, they – and we – have also done so by changing other state laws through executive COVID mandates. You can’t pick and choose which causes are important enough to violate the separations of powers. If the 2020 election changes required the legislatures approval, then so did the 9 months worth of mask mandates and lockdown orders.

UPDATE: Pennsylvania House Leaders File Brief to Support Texas in Supreme Court Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania

BREAKING: 106 House Republicans Announce Support For Texas Lawsuit Against GA, MI, PA, WIhttps://www.dailywire.com/news/106-house-republicans-announce-support-for-texas-lawsuit

Six States Formally Join Texas’ Election Lawsuit Against GA, MI, PA, WI

“Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah have formally joined Texas in its Supreme Court suit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—four battleground states who ran illegal and unconstitutional elections,” the state of Texas said in a statement. “The joining states agree with Texas: the defendant states exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify unlawfully enacting last-minute changes and ignoring both federal and state election laws, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election. ”

https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-six-states-formally-join-texas-election-lawsuit-against-ga-mi-pa-wi

Constitutional Mayhem: Freedom is Scary LIVE Tonight at 6:30

As promised, tonight – Monday evening – at 6:30pm eastern, don’t miss my live cast video, an episode of Freedom is Scary. Available at this link, on Youtube, and on our Facebook page as well. Join the live chat and bring your comments/questions.

Read Trump’s Georgia Lawsuit:

Trump’s Pennsylvania Lawsuit, headed to the Supreme Court:

Here’s the link for The European Union Election Observation Handbook.

We took the Governor to Federal Court yesterday – Here’s what happened

Yesterday, we took the West Virginia Governor to federal court on a challenge against the “Mask Mandate” and “Stay at Home” executive orders following the Governor’s threats on Friday the 13th to start having people arrested and charged with “obstruction of justice.” Fortunately, the Governor backed down from his threats, and the West Virginia Attorney General has joined us in our condemnation of those threats, even before we were able to get to court. I’ll unpack what was said, what the Court ruled, and where we’re going from here.

Can you kick the police and/or code enforcement out of your business?

When law enforcement and/or code enforcement come into your business to enforce unconstitutional covid restrictions, or even duly enacted criminal statutes, can you kick them out? Do they need a warrant?

One of the issues I’ll be litigating against the West Virginia Governor tomorrow morning in federal court, is whether his mask mandate and threats of arrest and business closure are unconstitutional because they order and encourage violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The Supreme Court long has recognized that the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures is applicable to commercial premises, as well as to private homes. See v. City of Seattle, 387 U.S. 541, 543, 546, 87 S.Ct. 1737, 1739 1741, 18 L.Ed.2d 943 (1967). An owner or operator of a business thus has an expectation of privacy in commercial property, which society is prepared to consider to be reasonable, see Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347, 361, 88 S.Ct. 507, 516, 19 L.Ed.2d 576 (1967) (Harlan, J., concurring). This expectation exists not only with respect to traditional police searches conducted for the gathering of criminal evidence but also with respect to administrative inspections designed to enforce regulatory statutes. See Marshall v. Barlow’s, Inc., 436 U.S. 307, 312-313, 98 S.Ct. 1816, 1820-1821, 56 L.Ed.2d 305 (1978).

There may be some exceptions for heavily regulated business, such as coal mines. In Lesueur-Richmond Slate Corp. v. Fehrer, 666 F.3d 261 (4th Cir. 2012), the Fourth Circuit held that public officials may conduct warrantless searches of coal mines in Virginia, pursuant to the authorization to do so in Virginia’s Mineral Mine Safety Act, Va. Code Ann. 45.1-161.292:54(B), only because mining is a “heavily regulated industry” and because “certain conditions are met.” These conditions, set forth in the Supreme Court case of New York v. Burger, 482 U.S. 691, 107 S.Ct. 2636 (1987), require that such an inspection program “provide a constitutionally adequate substitute for a warrant.” Id. at 702. The Fourth Circuit applied the Supreme Court’s holding in New York v. Burger, requiring a statutory program in place to be subjected to analysis. See generally, New York v. Burger, 482 U.S. 691, 107 S.Ct. 2636, 96 L.Ed.2d 601 (1987). This could, and probably does, create an issue area around restaurant regulation. We shall see…..

Governor’s Response to our Federal Mask Mandate Challenge

Here is the Governor’s response to our Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction, which is set for hearing in federal court on Monday morning. It was just filed last night, and I’m working on filing a reply, which is due by this afternoon.

You’ll notice that they argue that the Governor’s words are meaningless – that only his actual written executive orders should be reviewed, according to his lawyers. Throughout the response they mention that the Governor is utilizing some vague concept of executive emergency power. However, there is no such thing. They essentially argue that there is nothing the federal judiciary can do to stop him. We’ll see……

This is the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the restaurant in Putnam County, West Virginia. We are still working on filing a larger lawsuit in state court.

ETA: Here’s our Reply to the Governor’s Response:

Help us sue the WV Governor over his new Covid-Tyranny

Today the West Virginia Governor issued yet another Executive Order – E.O. 77-20, which has “amended” the existing “mask mandate” issued by him in July. He’s now issued hundreds of pages of executive orders since first declaring a state of emergency back in March. He now mandates that everyone wear a mask in “all public indoor places,” presumably referring to any structure inhabited by “the public,” as it now seeks to force property owners and small businesses to enforce his unconstitutional edicts, and will punish them for not doing-so.

Even worse than the order itself, are the comments the Governor made when informing the peasants about his new law.

“Beginning at midnight tonight, I will issue a mandatory requirement to wear a face covering indoors in all public buildings at all times. This is not just when social distancing cannot be maintained, this is mandatory wearing your face covering in all buildings, at all times, other than your home,” Justice said.

West Virginia Gov. Justice issues tough new mandatory face mask order; pushes back winter prep sports to Jan. 11

So, while the order itself uses weaker and more ambiguous language, the Governor’s direct threats to the public said “all public buildings.” The actual order says “when individuals are able to physically isolate in a physically separate office or other space when no others are present….” As usual, the tyrant places responsibility for enforcement of his edicts on the already-suffering small businesses, as well as the employees. Although the order didn’t mention it, he says the next step is “closure” of the business for non-enforcement.

He also (apparently waiving attorney-client privilege) says that his lawyers said that if the peasants don’t follow his order, business owners are to call the police. Moreover, if someone isn’t following his order, “they’re obstructing justice,” presumably the misdemeanor criminal charge of obstructing an officer. He also threatened that business owners/operators who don’t follow and enforce his order will also be charged with misdemeanor criminal obstruction (which is punishable by up to a year in jail).

The governor also warned that if business owners don’t enforce his rules, “the next step will have to be closure.”

Justice also signaled law enforcement, citing conversations with legal counsel.

If patrons don’t follow the order, Justice told business owners to call the police. And if someone isn’t following the mask mandate, they’re obstructing justice, Justice said. The governor also said an obstruction of justice charge would apply to business owners/operators that are flaunting the rule.


West Virginia Gov. Justice issues tough new mandatory face mask order; pushes back winter prep sports to Jan. 11

By the way, there is no such thing as “obstruction of Justice” in West Virginia. I’m not convinced he wasn’t referring to himself in the third person when he said that, but in any event, “obstruction of an officer” is the crime on the books in West Virginia, and it’s a misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail. Fortunately, it’s not as vague as the federal crime of “obstruction of justice,” and actually requires a court to look at what the officer who was allegedly obstructed was investigating. Generally, if it is a felony crime under investigation, you “obstruct” an officer by lying to him or failing to identify yourself, under some circumstances. If it’s a misdemeanor, you are allowed to lie, or fail to identify yourself, generally. You cannot commit “obstruction” in West Virginia by doing something you are legally allowed to do. Read all about it in the controlling West Virginia case on “obstruction” in State v. Carney. In any event, only the legislature could amend the obstruction statute.

Meanwhile, the Governor has chosen not to call a special session of the legislature, and instead, has continued to rule by executive fiat, which is unconstitutional under the West Virginia Constitution. This cannot be allowed to continue. Numerous friends and clients of mine have resolved to file suit as soon as possible. We will file a challenge in West Virginia State Courts, as well as possibly federal court. We previously filed a challenge before the State Supreme Court, but were denied the relief we requested – probably on procedural grounds. We will begin the suit in the lower Circuit Court so as to avoid any technical procedural defenses. There must be a ruling on this constitutional crisis, in both the state and federal courts.

Here’s the original lawsuit we filed, if you want to read in detail my explanation on why these executive orders are in blatant violation of our West Virginia Constitution. We do already have one federal challenge pending on behalf of the Bridge Cafe & Bistro Restaurant in Putnam County, West Virginia. That case is still pending, and you can read the federal lawsuit in full at the link, as well as the explanation of why the E.O.’s are unconstitutional on federal grounds.

So far the petitioners will be the following State legislators: S. Marshall Wilson, Michael Azinger, Jim Butler, Thomas M. Bibby, and Mark Dean. In addition, we will include a representative sample of patriotic West Virginia owned small businesses, such as restaurants, gyms, and barber shops/hair salons. We may also include churches and private schools. There will be other private plaintiffs as well, including Tabitha Simmons who has thankfully started a gofundme fundraiser to cover legal expenses. I’ve already spoken with one other experienced WV lawyer who has agreed to assist on the case, and would like to bring in more (possibly Civil Rights lawyers from other states, if we can raise the money). So if you can help Tabitha raise the funds needed, please do. 100% of the funds will go towards this litigation against the tyrannical actions of the Governor. Here is the link:

Additionally, I will be on the Tom Roton Morning Show to discuss this new tyranny, first thing Monday morning – at around 8:00 a.m., I believe. We may also be planning a protest at the State Capitol, or possibly elsewhere. So please stay tuned……

ETA 11/16/20: We are putting together a legal team to file suit as soon as possible. For those of you small business owners concerned about the Governor’s threats to close your business and have you arrested, etc.., we believe this may implicate federal 4th Amendment protections. The Governor has threatened criminal arrest and prosecution for violations of his “mask mandate.” You are within your rights to ask for a warrant and to refuse consent to any government official entering your home or business pursuant to the Governor’s executive order. That won’t stop them, necessarily. But they will make themselves defendants in lawsuits afterwards. We believe this is applicable to county health officials as well. Video footage may be crucial.

Live Video on the Fight: Monday evening, 5:30 pm, Eastern:

ETA 11/17: BREAKING: Yesterday we filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the Bridge Cafe & Bistro case, challenging the constitutionality of the Governor’s Friday statements and his new enhanced mask mandate. The Southern District of WV just now ordered the Governor to respond by 5pm this Thursday, and scheduled a hearing for November 23 at 10 am in federal court in Huntington.

FILED: Bridge Cafe & Bistro’s federal lawsuit against the W. Va. Governor and Putnam County

This afternoon I filed a federal lawsuit against the West Virginia Governor and against Putnam County, and their health department inspector, on behalf of the Bridge Cafe & Bistro, located in Hurricane, West Virginia. We are seeking money damages and attorney’s fees for First Amendment retaliation, after Putnam County threatened my clients with closure in response to their Facebook post expressing their opinions and policies pertaining to the Governor’s mask mandate. We are also suing the Governor and asking the Court to declare the mask mandate, as well as the “Stay at Home Order” unconstitutional and unenforceable.

We believe it’s unconstitutional under the First Amendment, as the mask debate has become just that – political speech. We also believe they are in violation of the 14th Amendment due process clause because they’re an arbitrary deprivation of my clients’ property interests wholly without due process of law. Moreover, they’re also a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, because they treated restaurants in Putnam County, where only two deaths have occurred in over 6 months of the virus, just the same as they treated restaurants where the virus had a greater impact.

Additionally, we believe yesterday’s ruling from Judge Stickman in the Western District of Pennsylvania makes a good case that a Governor unilaterally choosing who is “essential” and who is “non-essential” in smoky rooms, rather than through an open, defined and rational process, is itself a constitutional violation. The Governor cannot enact legislation, period. Not in a time of war; not in a “State of Emergency” which has lasted over 6 months. The sole process for enactment of new laws in West Virginia is via the state legislature, according to the state Constitution. To the extent that counties attempt to enforce unconstitutional and unenforceable executive orders as if they were laws, we believe they can be sued for money damages under Section 1983.

Here’s the actual lawsuit which was filed this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. It doesn’t yet have a case number:

And…we’re off…. First media reports:

https://wvrecord.com/stories/555093294-putnam-county-restaurant-owners-challenge-state-s-stay-at-home-order-mask-mandate

https://www.wsaz.com/2020/09/15/federal-lawsuit-filed-against-wva-governors-office-and-some-county-officials-for-restaurant-mask-mandate/

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/hurricane-restaurant-challenges-wv-governors-covid-19-mandates/article_11a73129-4f6e-5021-a955-810de5e358aa.html