RALEIGH – When a Wake County Superior Court judge kicks off a court case by denying an injunction request and stating the plaintiff’s case is unlikely to succeed, hints can be taken. The legal team of Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest took the not so subtle hint about their lawsuit’s likelihood of success and has now dropped the suit against Governor Roy Cooper over executive orders.
The news was celebrated by Cooper’s
personal attorney Attorney General Josh Stein:
Breaking Update: Late last night, LG Forest dropped his lawsuit against Gov. Cooper, deciding against appealing the Court’s decision. Therefore, Gov. Cooper’s executive orders protecting the health and safety of NCians stand.
— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) August 13, 2020
Being that the judge all but dismissed the case, dropping the suit is a move against wasting time and resources. Being that the judge intimated that the governor had 100 percent authority to issue executive orders that deny the rights of North Carolinians to operate their business; go to church; assemble freely; or, leave the house without covering their face, Roy Cooper is now emboldened to extend his royal decrees at will.
Though Cooper is no doubt happy about the judiciary backing up his authoritarianism, it does come with a catch. As Forest pointed out in reaction to the denied injunction; if Cooper has 100 percent authority, then he has 100 percent responsibility.
Cooper has full responsibility for every job lost due to shutdowns, every livelihood destroyed due to forced business closures, every child that doesn’t get a sufficient education because he wouldn’t allow public schools to open.