In a letter sent to the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, a group of 25 Republican state lawmakers, including local state Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Aleppo), called on the 67 district attorneys in Pennsylvania to ensure that any enforcement against violators of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus closure orders is stopped.
“We write you today regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s unconstitutional and illegitimate attempts to close businesses and shut down our Commonwealth,” reads the letter. “We are calling on every district attorney throughout the Commonwealth to publicly commit to actively intervening to ensure that any citations issued under the governor’s emergency declarations are withdrawn, including citations based on the governor’s mandated business closures and stay-at-home order.”
This Friday, 13 Southwestern Pennsylvania counties will be moved to the yellow phase of the governor’s reopen plan, but some exceptions, like Beaver County, drew criticism from some elected officials. District attorneys in both red and yellow districts said they won’t prosecute businesses that reopen. In Beaver County, the DA said he will not prosecute in the red phase; in Armstrong County, the DA announced she won’t prosecute, even if they’re ordered to stay closed when they move to the yellow phase on Friday.