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Report: Coney Barrett Sided with Corporations Over People 76% of the Time

WASHINGTON -

With confirmation hearings already set for Trump Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett just days after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a new analysis from government watchdog Accountable.US found Judge Barrett sided with corporations over people 76% of the time during her brief tenure on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barrett has faced at least fifty-five cases in which citizens took on corporate entities in front of her court, and she sided with corporations a whopping three out of every four times while ruling in people’s favor in just 11 of these identified cases. Senate Republicans are rushing ahead with Barrett’s confirmation process without passing another urgently needed recovery package to address the worsening health crisis and Trump recession — potentially tilting an already corporate-friendly high court further away from interests of workers at a time they need to be protected most.

“President Trump has consistently advanced the interests of the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of the American people, and his choice of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court would supercharge that agenda,” said Kyle Herrig, president of government watchdog Accountable.US.

“Judge Barrett’s record of protecting corporate interests over people leaves no mystery about her priorities — priorities that could take the nation backwards on many important issues. This nominee would be no friend to the small businesses and workers who continue to struggle during the ongoing public health and economic crises.”

Among Judge Barrett’s Most Troubling ‘Corporations First’ Decisions:  

  • Barrett Ruled In Favor Of A Major Pharma Company Over A Woman Who Was Forced To Get A Hysterectomy Following A Faulty IUD.
  • Barrett Voted Against Rehearing A Case One Judge Said Upheld The “Separate But Equal” Doctrine On Racial Segregation.
  • Barrett Ruled That Protections Against Age Discrimination For Employees Do Not Also Extend To Job Applicants.

As the nation reels from the administration’s ongoing failure to respond appropriately to COVID-19 — surpassing a staggering 200,000 deaths and seven million infections and no additional progress on a relief bill in sight — Trump and his Senate allies have turned their attention away from the pandemic and toward ramming through a new pick for the high court at any cost in pursuit of more power. As the coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate, there is urgent, widespread need for affordable and accessible health care. Unfortunately, Barrett — consistent with her pro-corporate judicial record — has been vocal about her opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a dangerous prospect for the millions of Americans who rely on the law to access affordable, quality care and as the Court will consider the law once again in the upcoming term.

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Accountable.US is a nonpartisan watchdog that exposes corruption in public life and holds government officials and corporate special interests accountable by bringing their influence and misconduct to light. In doing so, we make way for policies that advance the interests of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful. 

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