(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Senate voted 52-48 today to confirm Cory Wilson to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The following is a statement from Erinn D. Martin, policy counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
“Today, as COVID-19 cases spike across the country, as protests demanding racial justice continue, and as many states still find themselves lacking needed funding for secure elections, the Senate prioritized confirming President Trump’s 200th judge, Cory Wilson, instead of addressing the needs of the American public. The confirmation of Mr. Wilson, a vociferous opponent of voting rights and access to health care, is an affront to many of the low-income Black and Brown communities who comprise the majority of the region the Fifth Circuit hears cases from. President Trump could not have found a more biased, unqualified and anti-civil rights nominee.”
In May, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced its opposition to Senate confirmation of Cory Wilson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. To read the Lawyers’ Committee letter, click here. To read the Lawyers’ Committee’s Board of Directors’ letter opposing the nomination of Cory Wilson to the Fifth Circuit, click here.