A lawyer and business owner by the name Jonathan Goldstein has decided to sue the government over a coronavirus closure order. He explains why he’s suing and why you have the right to do more than just start booing as it relates to your business being shut down.
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Jonathan S. Goldstein, Esq.
Goldstein Law Partners, LLC
What do you do for a living?
I have a law firm here in Pennsylvania
I buy businesses and fix them
I was doing great until this whole Coronavirus thing came along
What is your background?
I went to the University of Pennsylvania
I was recruited as a nationally competitive fencer.
I helped a friend with an internet startup
I did some software consulting
I went back to law school
I helped some guys with a business that outsourced tasks to India
Now I am in manufacturing by buying and turning around small businesses
Why do we need the Constitution?
It is a document that governs the relationship between a people and the government the people establish.
The government has limits that they set on the people.
Our federal government is a government of limited powers and no other powers.
The first amendment gives us the power to peacefully assemble.
The federal congress can’t set any laws establishing a set religion.
They can’t stop people from peacefully assembling.
Suing the government
The governor has certain powers
The governor of Pennsylvania decided that he would close certain businesses. The process he used was based on an unpublished set of criteria.
He didn’t provide compensation for what he took. Jobs and businesses were taken. That is prohibited in the 5th amendment of the constitution.
5th – No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due purposes of law.
He closed foundries because they’re “Non-Essential” but beer distributors were left open.
Private property was taken. He owes just compensation which is funds for the businesses that are closed.
We have filed a lawsuit with the federal court against the governor.
We have gotten floods of emails
The “How could you???” emails
The “Oh my gosh… Me too! I’m out of business!” emails
He had to close businesses and he had the authority to do so but he has to compensate for the losses.