Press Release

Collins’s Confirmation Further Erodes Ninth Circuit

May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2019  – Following today’s Senate vote to confirm Daniel Collins, another Trump nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“The confirmation of Daniel Collins over the objections of his home-state senators, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, does a severe disservice to the people of California and millions of other Americans within the Ninth Circuit. Feinstein and Harris both warned that concerns about Collins’s ‘temperament and rigidity’ were raised during the vetting process. Throughout his legal career, Collins has defended big corporations accused of egregious human rights violations, supported racially-biased practices in the criminal justice system and in lending, and worked to strip women of their right to essential reproductive health care. His confirmation is one more step toward the erosion of a circuit court that once had one of the finest reputations in the country for upholding civil and human rights.”