Amy Coney Barrett Became Federal Judge Because Republicans Blocked Black Woman
Federal judge Amy Coney Barrett — who is in Senate confirmation hearings this week to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court — became a federal judge in 2017 by taking a seat meant for a black female judge, Myra Selby (VIDEO BELOW).
The Vetting Room notes that President Obama nominated Selby, a former justice on the Indiana Supreme Court, for an Indiana seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in January 2016.
However, Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) opposed the nomination and blocked Selby by refusing to return an Indiana blue slip. In 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Barrett for Selby’s seat, which was confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate.
Dahlia Lithwick, a senior legal correspondent for Slate.com, explained the stolen seat controversy to Democracy Now:
What you’re describing is the blue slip, that allowed home state senators to keep seats open in some cases for years and years, rather than let Obama fill them. That’s why all these vacancies existed when Donald Trump took over. They got rid of the blue slips, so that people were mashed onto the courts over objecting home state senators’ blue slips.
That’s why there was a seat that was in fact intended by Obama to go to the first — what would have been the first African American woman to serve in that seat. She wasn’t even given the courtesy of hearings. She wasn’t given the courtesy of a vote. That seat was held open and eventually filled by Judge Barrett.