Supreme Court nominee and US Circuit Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 21, 2020.
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A federal prosecutor withdrew her name from running for a seat on the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday after lawmakers rejected a 2017 letter she signed in support of Amy Coney Barrett, who is now the Supreme Court Justice USA is.
Gov. Ned Lamont’s nomination of Sandra Slack Glover fell through in recent days because she had previously backed Barrett for a seat on the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – five years before Barrett scheduled a vote on the US Supreme Court to overturn federal law to abortion.
The right to abortion is enshrined in Connecticut law. The state expanded access to abortion following last summer’s controversial decision by the US Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Glover, who described herself as a staunch supporter of abortion rights, said Monday during her testimony before the Connecticut Senate Judiciary Committee that signing the letter in support of Barrett was “naïve” and “wrong”.
“Looking back and knowing what I know now, I shouldn’t have signed it,” Glover testified of the letter, which was signed by every clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court who served during that court’s 1998-1999 term was.
At the time, Glover was serving as clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during that term, and Barrett was clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
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Glover said Monday that the US Supreme Court’s decision in 2022 to rule out the 50-year-old Roe v. picking up Wade was “wrong and outrageous.”
“Speaking as a woman was terrifying,” said Glover, chief of appeals at the US Attorney’s office in Connecticut.
“We should all have the constitutional right to control our reproductive freedom and our bodies,” she testified. “My belief in it is firm and unshakable.”
Despite her statements that day, key Democratic and Republican Judiciary Committee members predicted Tuesday that her nomination would not be approved, news site CTMirror.com reported. The committee declined to vote on her nomination after Monday’s seven-hour hearing.
“I see no real path forward for this particular candidate,” said Enfield Senator John Kissel, chief Republican on the committee, according to CTMirror. “The votes for her aren’t even close to double digits.”