Ohio is getting a lot of attention lately for alleged legislator–lobbyist–utility corruption (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and also citizens taking action against state mandated COVID-19 orders (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Recently, another lawsuit has been filed by the latter.
Ohio Stands Up! files lawsuit to remove DeWine's COVID-19 emergency order
TOLEDO — An Ohio citizens group has filed a lawsuit in federal court to remove Gov. Mike DeWine's emergency health order, which was signed on March 9 and remains in place today.
Ohio Stands Up! describes itself as a grassroots organization composed of Ohio citizens focused on restoring the rights of Ohio's 11.69 million residents and educating the public about the realities of COVID-19 data.
Ohio Stands Up! said it has filed suit in the Northern District of Ohio Federal Court in Toledo to remove DeWine's emergency order. The group is represented by attorneys Thomas Renz of Fremont and Robert Gargasz of Lorain.
DeWine was asked about the lawsuit during a press conference Tuesday.
"I've been sued many times. [The Ohio Department of] Health has been sued many many times. They have been in many different counties," he said.
"We're doing what we know will make a difference. We've been very thoughtful of what we've done," he said. "None of these decisions are made in a vacuum…I just have to stay focused on what we need to do in Ohio."
According to the Ohio Department of Health website on Tuesday, there have been 124,610 positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began with 4,165 deaths.
Organizers said the lawsuit is solely funded by donations from Ohio citizens. As of Aug. 30, donations reached $34,055. For more information, visit www.ohiostandsup.org.
"We believe that the response to COVID-19 has been the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American public," Renz said in an email press release.
"The objective of this legal action is to force the state to honor the Constitution and to stop the lies, manipulation and fear-mongering intentionally being promoted by public health officials and elected officials."
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