Judge Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court Justice, recently wrote that governors and mayors are violating Federal Law with their executive lockdown orders, and are setting themselves up for prosecution in Federal Court. I'm not sure what specific laws Napolitano had in mind, but one could be Section 242 of Title 18.

This law of the U.S. Code applies to officials depriving citizens of their rights under color of law. Anyone who, under color of law (such as pretending that there is a law) takes away one's rights (for example, right to travel or right to engage in business), commits a serious crime.

If such crime results in a death, it can even carry the death penalty. With the recent surge in domestic violence and suicide, I think a case could be made for the lockdowns causing deaths. State government, as in federal government, has three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The legislature passes laws, the executive (governor) enforces the law, and the judicial tries offenders. The Oklahoma legislature has not passed any laws requiring businesses to shut down. The governor has no authority to make such laws.

If he pretends to, he is acting under color of law. The same goes for mayors, city councils, policemen, etc. Read the law for yourself at http://www.justice.gov/crt/deprivation-rights-under-color-law or Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law

Our officials will say their orders are allowed in a medical emergency. Not according to Judge Napolitano. My advice to Governor Stitt, mayor Trumbull, and the Grove City Council, is to immediately rescind all shutdown orders and apologize to the public before someone decides to see if Title 18 Section 242 has any teeth.

Sam Yakley

Afton, OK, USA