Eid Should Not Be Confirmed to Tenth Circuit

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Zack Ford

Washington, D.C., August 14 – Alliance for Justice today released a report on the record of Allison Eid, a Colorado Supreme Court Justice who has been nominated by President Trump for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“In tapping Allison Eid for the Tenth Circuit, Donald Trump has chosen a person whose views are so extreme that she is frequently the lone dissenter in rulings made by the Colorado Supreme Court. Eid is an ultraconservative outlier who has taken aim at workers’ rights, at public education, voting rights, and the environment. She does not belong on the federal bench, and we urge senators to oppose her confirmation.”

Among other things, the AFJ report notes:

  • Eid was on the original list of potential Supreme Court nominees provided to President Trump by the Federalist Society and  Heritage Foundation, which he made clear was based on a litmus test that included overturning Roe v. Wade.
  • Eid has ruled in ways that would undermine public education: in favor of allowing public dollars to finance religious schools, against efforts to increase funding for public schools, and against teachers’ rights.
  • Eid’s rulings against workers’ rights include a dissent in which she wrote that a employee who fell at work was not entitled to workers’ compensation because she couldn’t prove her employer was at fault in her injury. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the worker was entitled to compensation.
  • Eid supported limiting Congress’s ability to enact civil rights legislation, environmental protections, and workers and consumer rights.
  • Eid supported limiting the ability of all Americans to receive fair compensation when injured, through no fault of their own, by a doctor.  She repeatedly stood up for Colorado businesses — the hotel industry, ski resorts, and rental car companies – over the rights of everyday Americans.
  • Eid has repeatedly turned a blind eye to police misconduct, ruling in one case to admit evidence obtained from a suspect by police officers who had beaten him so badly they fractured bones in his face.
  • Eid would have made it more difficult for Colorado towns to protect parks and open space, but easier for a private petroleum company to use eminent domain to build a pipeline.
  • Eid was the only justice on the Colorado Supreme Court to side with Republicans against a court-ordered redistricting plan to create more competitive congressional districts.  She also supported efforts by the Republican Secretary of State to unilaterally gut campaign finance rules.

Read the full report online here.