NC Supreme Court Backs Cooper Closure, Grants Request to Shutdown Bowling Alleys (Again) After Lower Court Undid Decree

RALEIGH – The N.C. Supreme Court as granted a request to the Cooper administration, allowing him to again force bowling alleys to close after a lower court ruled they could open in spite of the governor’s executive edicts.

From WBTV:

“[…] The state Supreme Court granted on Tuesday the request of state attorneys for Cooper, who says a preliminary injunction issued last week by a trial judge would make it harder to bring the virus under control.

The decision puts a temporary delay upon Judge James Gale’s order, meaning the bowling alleys must shut down again for now. The justices also agreed to review the content of Gale’s decision. 

In a lawsuit filed by an association representing 75 North Carolina bowling alleys, Gale ruled Cooper’s executive order wrongly treated them differently than businesses with similar levels of risk for spreading the virus that the governor had let reopen. […]”

The NCGOP of years past was borderline negligent when it came to electing judges with a constitutional approach interpreting the law. We can see the costs of such electoral negligence in the N.C. Supreme Court, where only one conservative Justice (Newby) remains among a bench dominated by progressive Democrats and Social Justice Warriors.

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That means any court decision that is appealed to the high court will almost assuredly favor the progressive view of things, discounting the principles of freedom and limits on government spelled out in our founding documents.

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The bowling alley reversal is a case in point. The argument employed by Cooper’s attorney — that not allowing the executive branch to arbitrarily shutdown select businesses makes it harder to bring the virus under control — could be similarly used to justify ANYTHING Cooper wishes to do. If it’s to battle the virus for the common good, the Supreme Court now says it’s fair game. Unalienable rights and the Constitution be damned.

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