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United States Department of Justice

United States Attorney


District of Connecticut
157 Church Street, 25th Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
(203) 821-3700
Fax (203) 773-5376
E-Mail: USACT.Citizenscomplaint@usdoj.gov
www.justice.gov/usao-ct

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May 29, 2020 Complaint Against
Edward Miner Lamont Jr.

1. This is a Civil Rights complaint against Edward Miner Lamont Jr. a.k.a. Ned Lamont, the sitting
Governor of the State of Connecticut.

2. Sometime late in the year 2019 AD, a novel coronavirus was detected in the vicinity of Wuhan,
China. Said virus was eventually named “SARS-CoV-2” which became colloquially known as
COVID-19 after its disease manifestation. Said virus spread internationally, causing extreme
public health concerns.

3. On March 10, 2020, Mr. Lamont issued a “Declaration of Civil Preparedness and Public Health
Emergencies.” Said Declaration specifically references as its purpose “resulting shortages of
personal protective equipment and other supplies that could jeopardize public safety and civil
preparedness[…]”

4. In the months between March 12, 2020 and the present, the statistics produced by the Office of
the Governor as relate to the SARS-CoV-2 infection have made it abundantly clear that despite a
virus being in our midst, a bona fide “Civil Preparedness and Public Health Emergency” does
not, in fact, exist, and, in hindsight, was feared but never existed. As a point of fact, maximum
hospital occupancy of virus patients in Connecticut was 22.3% of regular staffed beds, and is
presently down to 6.5%. This does not include the hastily-constructed overflow facilities which
were not needed.

5. Between March 12, 2020 and May 27, 2020, he has issued several and many Executive Orders,
numbered Executive Order 7 through Executive Order 7SS establishing, without Legislative or
Judicial oversight, restrictions not only on lawful commercial activity, but activities enshrined in
the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.

6. Specifically, he has limited gatherings first to 250 people, and later at whim in increments down
to five (!), in violation of the Assembly clause of the First Amendment. Similarly, he has
restricted religious gatherings to fifty or fewer, in violation of the Establishment clause.

7. He has, in the most arbitrary and capricious manner, designated certain businesses as
“essential” and others “non-essential” causing the latter to be shuttered FOR MONTHS, to the
extreme hardship of their owners and employees. Certain storefronts, most notably large retail
establishments, are permitted to have hundreds of patrons per day, while others cannot have a
one, regardless of any safety precautions taken. This is both a violation of the Equal Protection
clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and as most of these unnecessary and unwarranted
closures have been without just compensation, also a violation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth
Amendment.

8. He has unilaterally implemented a bizarre timeline for easing but not eliminating restrictions of
his Executive Orders, and then, at the eleventh hour, modified or eliminated these changes in a
manner best described as arbitrary and capricious. This is best illustrated in the planned
permitted reopening of barber shops and hair salons on May 20, 2020, arbitrarily postponed
until June 1, 2020.

9. He has relied on the dubious advice of non-elected individuals who purport expertise in “public
health” but provide advice contrary to empirical evidence in this country and throughout the
world, and even in the State of Connecticut as regards at-risk populations versus those not
especially at risk. Meanwhile he has disbanded the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group in favor
of hiring a consultancy answerable only to him.

10. In the months between March 12, 2020 and the present, there has been ample opportunity to
request the Connecticut Legislature convene in consideration of such matters. That has not
occurred, a violation of Article 4, Section 4, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution.

Therefore, I plead that the United States Attorney:


1. Petition the Court for an immediate injunction against all Executive Orders issued by the
Governor of the State of Connecticut as regards SARS-CoV-2, specifically Executive Orders 7
through 7SS and any subsequent, as no bona fide state of emergency exists, and as said
Executive Orders are an egregious infringement of the civil rights of the People of the State of
Connecticut.

2. Compel Mr. Lamont to defer to the Connecticut Legislature as mandated by the Constitutions of
the United States and State of Connecticut.

3. Compel the State of Connecticut to pay damages to businesses forced closed by the
aforementioned Executive Orders suffering losses not otherwise compensated.

4. Commence a civil rights investigation of Edward Miner Lamont Jr. and his administration as
Governor of the State of Connecticut.
2 Cedar Ln
Oxford, CT 06478

May 11, 2020

The Hon. William Barr


Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Mr. Barr:

Earlier in the year, when the Wuhan coronavirus first began spreading across the globe, images
out of hard-hit countries like Italy, and unknowns about lethality and contagiousness, made an
(over)abundance of caution seem prudent. Experts predicted over a million US deaths and an
inundated health care system, with insufficient mechanical ventilators and patients dying
untreated in hallways.

None of this has come to pass. In fact, the impact of this pandemic in the US is markedly similar
to those in the fairly recent past, including the H2N2 pandemic of 1957-58, or the “Hong Kong
Flu” of 1968. In neither case were there widespread shutdowns of entire industry sectors with
the associated economic damage. In fact, today they are widely forgotten.

Here in “hard-hit” Connecticut, no more than 1972 out of 8847 staffed hospital beds were ever
occupied by virus patients – and that 8847 does not include any of the special facilities hastily
built to accommodate an expected surge of cases – and that census has been steadily dropping,
1212 as of today. Beyond virus patients, not many more beds are occupied, due to cancelation
of “elective” procedures (often to the detriment of the health of the patient).

Yet many governors – including Ned Lamont – carry on with emergency powers and closures. A
state of emergency requires a bona fide emergency to exist, and not merely in the mind of the
executive. That was posited to be the possibility of collapsing the health care system under the
weight of virus patients, a fear that was not only unfounded but ridiculously so. Yet the
closures are in place, creating both an economic and health care (for other than the virus)
catastrophe of epic proportions. Neither do these governors show any signs on relenting – they
are speaking of keeping restrictions in place for months – nor is there rhyme or reason behind
many of these restrictions: they are in many cases textbook capricious and arbitrary.

Article Four, Section 4, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution states: “The United States
shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government[…]” A
gubernatorial dictatorship is NOT a republican form of government.

Furthermore, the damage done by the response to this virus threatens to eclipse the damage of
the virus itself, in spheres personal (untreated illnesses, increases in suicides and substance
abuse, etc.) and economic (many businesses simply will not survive being shut down for
months). These very personal tragedies, when summed, become not only a national tragedy
but a threat to our national security.

Nor is there reason to believe these restrictions are at all effective. There are differences in
response in the United States – and internationally – and in many cases those places that took
de minimis action are no worse outcome, and in many cases are better off, than those that
imposed draconian restrictions.

Therefore, I am imploring you to put the full force of the United States Department of Justice
behind compelling these governors – including Ned Lamont – to rescind their executive orders.

Respectfully,

John M. Joy

Cc: The Hon. Ned Lamont, Governor, State of Connecticut


The Hon. Eric C. Berthel, Connecticut State Senate
The Hon. David K. Labriola, Connecticut House of Representatives
Waterbury Republican-American newspaper, Waterbury, Connecticut
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