Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Koffel recently appeared on WTVN Radio for
an interview about his thoughts on ways local governments can strike a
balance between management of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and re-opening
of the American economy.
After recapping points made in
last Sunday’s episode of For the Defense, Attorney Koffel explains how he’s taken the
approach of a criminal defense attorney to raise important questions about
when and how local, state, and federal policies can effectively re-open
the economy while continuing sensible efforts to contain the spread of
COVID-19 – as well as what may happen if they don’t.
As Attorney Koffel notes, “turning off the tornado siren” is
not a call to blindly abandon social distancing and other containment
efforts, but rather a reminder that promulgation of restriction, fear,
and indiscriminate closure come at a price. The balance, he suggests,
may require a more localized and practical approach – one that tempers
containment with the need to avoid what could be catastrophic economic harms.