“I ask you, dear colleagues, to deal with this constitutional complaint with an open mind and to allow yourself to be drawn into my remarks,” said the 190-page letter from December 2020. “ The re has been a government through extensive and deeply encroaching on fundamental rights regulations through the Executive branch established, which threatens to become independent ”, it says in it.
He believes the containment measures violate 14 of 17 fundamental rights. Out of personal concern, he enumerates the general freedom of action, the general personal right, the right to informational self-determination, the right to life and physical integrity, the freedom of the person, the protection of the family and human dignity. Without personal concern, he criticizes the violation of religious freedom, freedom of art, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, freedom of occupation, the inviolability of the home, freedom of property and the right to asylum. For the future, the judge also sees the freedom of property violated, for example due to the threat of massive tax increases and expropriations.
The fact that he does not want to adhere to the Corona rules became apparent by chance during a check by the Potsdam Public Order Office to ensure compliance with the mask requirement in the pedestrian zone on October 26, 2020. In one case, the city then announced that a fine had been imposed. It was apparently the judge who is now going to the Federal Constitutional Court.
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During the tour of the security forces, which was accompanied by the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung, a man named Pieter Schleiter refused to wear a mask. “I think that is unconstitutional,” the 42-year-old is quoted as saying during the ID check that he was a judge at the Berlin Regional Court. It is no longer about containing the pandemic. He will therefore file a constitutional complaint.
So that has happened in the meantime: At the request of this newspaper, the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe – without naming the submitter – confirmed that a corresponding complaint had been received.
The procedure is in progress. A decision date is not in sight, said a spokeswoman.
The fine proceedings would undermine his credibility
In his complaint, the lawyer explains why he does not want to wear a mask, as demonstrated in Potsdam. He commutes between home and work by train every day, one and a half hours each way. “In addition, I am sometimes obliged to wear the mask for hours during long court hearings.”
The interference with the physical integrity also results from the fact that he is forced to wear the masks for a long time. When wearing a mask, breathing is increasingly difficult, says the 42-year-old, he gets tired, gets headaches, and physical and mental performance is reduced considerably.
On the subject of fines, he writes: “If I do not always adhere to all the rules, this will result in economic ruin for me as well as for the other fundamental rights holders.” Just not wearing a mouth and nose cover would him with a standard rate of 50 to 250 euros in Berlin and Brandenburg cost an average of at least 300 euros fine every day. Elsewhere it says: “
The various fine proceedings and possibly also criminal proceedings that I would risk every day if all the norms to be observed were not observed would massively undermine my credibility and possibly damage the reputation of the profession.”
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The complaint also states: “It is certain that the virus is no more dangerous than the influenza virus.” Purely in terms of the basic rights to life and physical integrity, it is likely that the “therapy” will be more deadly and harmful than the “disease” be yourself. He is also not convinced of vaccination. “It is misunderstood that the vaccinations themselves, developed in a rapid process, harbor a potential risk that should not be underestimated. Nobody wants cases like those with the painkiller Contergan to repeat themselves. “
Internet presence together with well-known Berlin pandemic belittler
The judge, who originally came from North Saxony, has only made a statement in a 50-minute podcast published on Thursday in which his name is presented. It is about the podcast “indubio” on the blog “
The axis of the good”, which is located in the spectrum of the political right. In this, the judge comes up with the Swedish way of dealing with the pandemic – Sweden has not imposed any hard contact restrictions for a long time – and asks why their chief virologist Anders Tegnell is not also heard as an expert in Germany. In Sweden, now one of the countries in Europe most affected by the pandemic, the number of deaths related to Covid-19 exceeded 10,000 on Thursday, the day the podcast was published.
On January 14th, a “network of critical judges and prosecutors” went online. “We are a rapidly growing network of judges and public prosecutors who are observing the political action and the actions of the legislature and regulatory authority in the corona crisis with great concern from a legal perspective,” it says. “We represent our private opinion.”
Like-minded people are invited to get in touch. A specially protected e-mail address was set up with a Swiss specialist to establish contact. Responsible for the new page according to the legal notice: Dr. Pieter Schleiter, c / o lawyer Viviane Fischer.
Fischer, also known as hat maker Rike Feurstein, appeared as a “coach” in the Berlin bar Scotch & Sofa, where Corona trivialists tried, as reported, to found a party in the past few days.
Applause from the GDR civil rights activist
Judge Schleiter received applause from the former GDR civil rights activist from Brandenburg, later SPD member of the Bundestag and then CDU member Angelika Barbe, who in November drew a comparison between the mask requirement and the Jewish star in an open letter to the members of the Bundestag. “
The mask requirement belongs in this category, ”says Barbe’s letter.
Now Barbe comments on Schleiter in a guest post on the website of the former civil rights activist and former member of the Bundestag, CDU politician with positions close to the AfD and sharp critic of the Corona measures. “As a volunteer judge, but not a lawyer, I am very grateful that a judge with a 190-page constitutional complaint is now defending the law that we 89 had to fight so hard for,” writes Barbe.
It remains to be seen how colleagues rate Schleiter’s actions. Inquiries to the German Association of Judges and its Brandenburg regional association on Friday have not yet been answered.
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