Both Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Sonia Sotomayor have recently filled their published opinions with false claims and fake data.
In one case, Justice Jackson pushed lies in her opinion on affirmative action.
As Hot Air reported, Jackson wrote (my bold):
Beyond campus, the diversity that UNC pursues for the betterment of its students and society is not a trendy slogan. It saves lives. For marginalized communities in North Carolina, it is critically important that UNC and other area institutions produce highly educated professionals of color. Research shows that Black physicians are more likely to accurately assess Black patients’ pain tolerance and treat them accordingly (including, for example, prescribing them appropriate amounts of pain medication). For high-risk Black newborns, having a Black physician more than doubles the likelihood that the baby will live, and not die.
This false claim seems to have come from the New York Times, but it is a lie, nonetheless.
The study that Jackson was supposedly citing does not say what the Times said it does.
…the study does not claim to find a doubling in survival rates for black newborns who have a black attending doctor. Instead, in its most fully specified model, it reports that 99.6839% of black babies born with a black attending physician survived compared with 99.5549% of black babies born with white attending physicians, a difference of 0.129%.
The survival rate of 99.6839% is not double 99.5549%.
The claim that survival rates for black newborns double when they have black physicians is just plain false. The fact that neither the Association of American Medical Colleges nor Jackson’s clerks could read and properly understand a medical study is an alarming indication for the current state of both medical and legal education.
Having black doctors absolutely does not automatically save the lives of black babies.
Jackson is not the only liberal justice who filled an opinion with false claims. Justice Sotomayor also did so.
Sotomayor also used the 2016 mass murder at the gay-friendly Pulse nightclub in Orlando Fla., to prove “significantly higher… rates of violent victimization” for LGBT people. Omar Mateen, the Pulse shooter, confirmed after the massacre that he planned to attack Disney World, was deterred by the park’s police presence, and resolved to shoot up the first Google search result for “Orlando nightclubs.” Although the media claimed that the Pulse shooter specifically targeted gay people, the FBI has found no evidence to prove such.
This is fake. The Pulse Nightclub shooting was absolutely not perpetrated by a homophobe looking to kill gays. The killer merely chose the nightclub because his first target was untenable.
In July 2016, law enforcement officials reported that the FBI—after conducting “interviews and an examination of his computer and other electronic media”—had not found any evidence that Mateen targeted Pulse because the nightclub was a venue for gays or whether the attack was motivated by homophobia. According to witnesses, he did not make any homophobic comments during the shooting. Furthermore, nothing has been found confirming the speculation that he was gay and used gay dating apps; however, the FBI “has found evidence that Mateen was cheating on his wife with other women”. Officials noted that “there is nothing to suggest that he attempted to cover up his tracks by deleting files”.
If these justices are simply going to lie outright, what are they doing to our court?