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Bill Barr and the Bill of Rights


When Attorney General Bill Barr said last month that the federal government might intervene if state lockdowns go too far, critics derided him for irresponsible Trumpian bluster. Here’s what it means in practice: On Sunday the Justice Department backed a Virginia church whose pastor was cited for holding a service with 16 people.

Governor Ralph Northam’s lockdown prohibits many gatherings, including religious ones, of more than 10 souls. Flouting the restrictions is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The…

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