For Immediate Release
Laurie Kinney, Director of Communications
(202) 464-7367 / cell (571) 882-3615 / Laurie.Kinney@afj.org
AFJAC releases report detailing the records and opinions
of the federal judges on the list
Alliance for Justice Action Campaign President Nan Aron released the following statement in reaction to the release by presidential candidate Donald Trump of 11 potential nominees to the United States Supreme Court:
The list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court released today by Donald Trump is the clearest demonstration yet of the enormous stakes in the coming election for the future of the Court, the law, and our country. Although attention is rightly focused on the fight over the nomination of Merrick Garland to the current vacancy, there is every likelihood that the next president will make several other appointments to the Court, shaping its direction for generations. Taken together, the records of these potential Trump nominees reflect a radical-right ideology that threatens fundamental rights, and that favors the powerful over everyone else, especially people from historically marginalized communities. In the case of the six federal judges on the list, in particular, their written work and judicial decisions are suffused with open hostility toward reproductive rights, criminal defendants, LGBTQ equality, affordable healthcare, consumer protections, workplace safety, and voting rights. Americans should be deeply concerned that this list contains the seeds of a takeover of the Supreme Court by justices devoted to turning back the clock on a century of progress and imposing a radical conservative vision of American life.
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In addition, The Alliance for Justice Action Campaign is releasing a report detailing the implications for the American people of the judicial record and legal philosophies of the current federal judges included in the list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees announced by Donald Trump.
The report examines the record of the proposed justices in the areas of reproductive rights, discrimination and inequality, workers’ rights, guns, and the death penalty. Among its findings, the report reveals that, “Judge Pryor, for example, cited Miranda v. Arizona and Roe v. Wade as “the worst examples of judicial activism,” and Judge Sykes voted to reinstate Wisconsin’s discriminatory voter ID law. Judge Colloton signed onto the only circuit court decision to rule that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control accommodation for religious organizations is insufficient to accommodate their religious objections, and Judge Raymond Kethledge upheld a retaliatory, anti-union Michigan law targeted at public school employees who opposed anti-union legislation.”