WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for a seat on the Supreme Court. Barrett’s nomination for the lifetime appointment will move forward despite her week of evading and hiding from senators’ questions, her subsequent non-answers in follow-up materials submitted to the committee, and her failure to allow Notre Dame to release records from her 15 years teaching at the college — leaving enormous gaps in public knowledge about the nominee’s history. What little information is available has painted a troubling picture of Barrett, including a consistent pattern of siding in favor of corporations and law enforcement and against workers, consumers, immigrants, and those alleging harm in relevant cases.
“Trump and his Senate allies have rushed to put Amy Coney Barrett on course for a lifetime role on the highest court in the nation despite her record being more or less a mystery to the American people. That is a betrayal of the trust of the nation,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “In the face of lawmakers’ important questions, Barrett has avoided, dodged, and obfuscated at every turn. To push aside priorities like pandemic relief in order to shove this sham nomination through is an affront to all Americans.”
Yesterday, government watchdog Accountable.US released “The Barrett Files” — a searchable database of Barrett’s decisions from her time on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. With so little known to the public about Barrett’s records, the database sheds light on some essential cases that comprise the nominee’s judicial history, including:
- Democratic Party of Wisconsin v. Vos, where Barrett ruled in favor of Wisconsin Republicans who stripped the governor’s power during a lame duck session.
- Cheryl Dalton v. Teva North America, et al., where Barrett wrote the majority opinion ruling against a woman whose IUD broke inside her body — a problem reported to the FDA more than 1600 times.
- Ruben Lopez Ramos V. William P. Barr, where Barrett voted to deport a man whose mother is a U.S. citizen due to an odd technicality — even though the man had lived in the United States for 30 years.
- Shanika Day et al v. Franklin Wooten, where Barrett ruled in favor of granting qualified immunity to a police officer who contributed to the death of a Black teenager under his custody who had repeatedly claimed he could not breathe.
- Shonda Martin v. Milwaukee County, where Barrett voted to overturn a ruling to award damages to a survivor of sexual assault who was repeatedly raped by a correctional officer while she was incarcerated.