She gave an interview to The Daily Show in 2014, saying vaccines are “full of toxins”. The title of the segment was “An Epidemic of Liberal Idiocy” and compared the progressive anti-vaccination movement to conservative climate change deniers.
“You can line up the doctors from here to down the block to refute me, but I’m not going to change my mind,” Ms Pope said.
As Ms. Manookian often notes in her biographical information, she had a career on Wall Street in the 1990s and early 2000s. But then, when she was 28, according to her site, she received a “ton of vaccines travel,” which resulted in a “ton of health issues.”
The good judge
On July 12, 2021, when Ms. Pope and Ms. Daza filed their lawsuit, the Tampa Division randomly assigned it to its new judge, Judge Mizelle, a conservative jurist appointed by President Donald J. Trump in November 2020. It was a godsend for the plaintiffs.
“They were lucky with a judge who was sympathetic to their ideology,” said Lawrence O. Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University.
Once their team had the winning ticket, they fought to keep it. On October 15, attorneys representing the CDC and the White House pushed to transfer the case to another judge in the same district, Paul G. Byron, to “avoid the likelihood of inefficiency.” Judge Byron, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014, was already handling a similar case against the CDC involving a man who said his anxiety prevented him from wearing a mask, preventing him from flying. The plaintiffs argued that the cases were very different, and Judge Mizelle denied the transfer motion.
On April 18, on the day the mask warrant was due to expire — five days earlier the CDC had extended it by two weeks — Judge Mizelle issued her decision. She focused, in part, on the Public Health Services Act, a law created in 1944 that gives federal officials the power to make and enforce regulations to prevent the introduction of a communicable disease. from foreign countries and its spread between states. These regulations could include “inspection, fumigation, disinfection, sanitation, extermination of pests, destruction of animals,” the law says, “and other measures” that authorities deem “perhaps required”.