By James Buchal,
Portland attorney and Multnomah County GOP Chair
BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE STATE SUE GOVERNOR TO RE-OPEN
Portland attorney James L. Buchal, in association with attorney Tyler Smith of Canby, Oregon, has filed suit in federal district court to enjoin the Governor’s continuing shutdown of businesses throughout the State. The complaint, brought on behalf of small businesses throughout the State, alleges that full shutdown orders are obviously no longer necessary to prevent Oregon’s emergency health services from being overwhelmed, and that the massive economic harm from the shutdown, and rise in suicides, should “shock the conscience” of the Court. The suit is supported by expert medical testimony warning of the very real adverse effects of the Governor’s lockdown which may even exceed the effects of COVID-19.
Buchal warns that “few American citizens understand that perhaps the most fundamental human right, to work to earn money to support oneself, is now perhaps the most disfavored right in the federal courts. Instead of a government of laws, we have a totem pole of rights depending on your identity group, and the rights of ordinary Americans who just want to make a living are at the bottom of that totem pole.” If nothing else, he says, “the suit will constitute a litmus test to identify the federal judges who regard ordinary citizens as mere cattle of the State, not free citizens with inalienable rights.”