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Rakim H.D. Brooks, AFJ: Supreme Court Prioritizes Conservative Ideology Over Public Health and the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2022 – Today, the Supreme Court issued a pair of decisions on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, one of which blocked OSHA guidance designed to protect tens of millions of workers from a deadly pandemic. While the Supreme Court did allow requirements that health care workers be vaccinated to remain in force, […]

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Supreme Court Allows Texas to Ban Abortion, Effectively Overturning Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ultraconservative majority effectively overturned Roe v. Wade and the Constitutional right to safe, legal abortion Tuesday night when they refused to issue an emergency stay of SB8, a Texas law making abortion illegal after six weeks, and putting a public bounty of $10,000 on abortion providers and anyone helping people seeking abortions.  […]

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Nan Aron: AFJ Condemns Partisan, Discriminatory Speech By Justice Alito

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2020 – Thursday night, Justice Samuel Alito gave a blisteringly partisan speech to the conservative Federalist Society. His remarks included objections to COVID-19 restrictions, access to contraception, and marriage equality and LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. On each of these issues, he framed conservatives as victims for being expected to treat others safely […]

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Nan Aron: If SCOTUS throws out the ACA, it should eliminate any remaining doubt that it is a partisan, political body — except without any accountability to voters

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 10, 2020 – This morning the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in California v. Texas, the case brought by Republican state attorneys general and supported by the Trump administration to try to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement: “Biden may have won the […]

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Nan Aron: Barrett’s Continued Evasiveness Proof Of Sham Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 14, 2020 – During the second day of questioning, Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer even the most basic questions while insisting that she could not be held accountable for her own record. Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement: We know why Amy Coney Barrett’s notepad was empty […]

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AFJ 2020 Report: William Barr: Eroding Justice

Alliance for Justice’s 2020 report, William Barr: Eroding Justice, catalogues numerous ways in which Attorney General William Barr has undermined the independence of the Department of Justice (“DOJ” or “the Department”) since his confirmation and eroded critical constitutional rights and legal protections. Attorneys general are political actors who require a president’s trust and confidence in order […]

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Nan Aron: Trump Tries To Rig Census To Erase People Of Color

WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2020 – President Trump issued an executive order Tuesday to prohibit undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census. This is despite the Constitution’s directive that the Census count “the whole number of persons” in the country for purposes of determining representation. The executive order follows last year’s Supreme Court […]

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New Analysis Explores Republicans’ Courts-Based Strategy To Shred the Social Safety Net

WASHINGTON, DC, April 27, 2020 – As the coronavirus pandemic magnifies the need for a strong national safety net to protect the health and well-being of Americans, People For the American Way and Alliance for Justice today released a joint report, “Shredding the Social Safety Net: The Republican Plot to Use the Federal Courts to Destroy Public Health, Safety and Other […]

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Trump Responds To Pandemic With Another Anti-Health Care Judge

WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2020 – President Trump announced this morning that he is nominating U.S. District Judge Justin Walker to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Walker’s investiture took place just three weeks ago, where he was fist-bumping Mitch McConnell and Justice Brett Kavanaugh as much of the country was already beginning to engage in social […]

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Nan Aron: Barr deserves an Academy Award for his performance today

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2019  – Following Attorney General William Barr’s press conference today previewing the Mueller report, AF President Nan Aron released the following statement: Attorney General Barr deserves an Academy Award for his performance today.  This so-called press conference was nothing more than a staged opportunity for him to repeatedly deliver the same […]

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Bill Yeomans: Barr the Protector

April 11, 2019 – Attorney General Barr repeated in his testimony before House and Senate appropriators this week that he intends to redact grand jury material from the version of the Mueller report that he sends to Congress. He also made clear that he does not intend to seek court permission to release grand jury […]

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Bill Yeomans: The Kavanaugh Cover-Up

Oct 2, 2018 – Since Trump announced his nomination, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation campaign has been defined by an obvious effort to prevent the Senate and public from learning about large chunks of his professional and personal life. The coverup has included setting an egregiously rushed schedule while concealing 90% of the documentary record from his […]

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Alliance for Justice: GOP Counteroffer to Dr. Blasey Ford Is More Bullying

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21, 2018 – In response to reports that the Republican leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to reject a proposal by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford regarding her possible testimony next week, by asking for conditions including moving the hearing ahead to Wednesday instead of Thursday, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following […]

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Nan Aron: After Cohen Plea, Enough Is Enough

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 21, 2018  – Following today’s guilty plea by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, as well as the conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement: Today we saw something unique in American history: an admission by a felon in open court that he committed […]

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Immigration Advocates Speak Out on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2018 – On a press briefing call today, advocates for immigrants’ rights shared deep concerns about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. “Brett Kavanaugh’s record on immigrants’ rights is already well known, because he has ruled against equal protections for immigrants as a judge on the D.C. Circuit,” […]

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AFJ: President Trump Should Nominate a Justice Who Will Respect Hard-Won Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2018 –  In response to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire from the Court, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement:  “Our nation is grateful for Justice Kennedy’s service on our nation’s highest court, and Alliance for Justice wishes him well in his retirement. […]

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Nan Aron, Alliance for Justice: Bush, Schiff “Have Shown Us Who They Are”

WASHINGTON, DC, June 14, 2017 – Following today’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for federal judicial nominees John Bush and Damien Schiff, AFJ President Nan Aron issued the following statement: “We applaud senators on both sides of the aisle for pressing John Bush and Damien Schiff regarding their long histories of expressing fringe and biased […]