The typical Republican judge today thinks the fuller Court was too restrained and left-wing:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers from issuing any new public health emergency orders to mandate face masks without the approval of the Republican-controlled state Legislature.
In a 4-3 decision, conservative justices in the majority declared the statewide mask mandate invalid and ruled Evers exceeded his authority in issuing multiple emergency declarations over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Evers used the emergency orders to require face coverings be worn indoors statewide after lawmakers opted not to.
“The question in this case is not whether the Governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully. We conclude he did not,” Justice Brian Hagedorn, writing for the conservative majority, said.
The decision also could cut off $50 million a month in federal food assistance to low-income people. Since last year, Congress has agreed to dramatically increase funding for food programs in states that have emergency orders in place.
The first two pages of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s dissent are so concise and powerful. Some really strong legal writing. https://t.co/32q3Nky0aT pic.twitter.com/ZOHqxewqrX— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) March 31, 2021
And since needless to say Wisconsin’s gerrymandered and unaccountable legislature isn’t going to do anything in response, the lowest-cost means of slowing the spread of COVID won’t be in place, and people will get sick and die unnecessarily with mass vaccine availability imminent.