A bidding frenzy has erupted online as merchandise seized from the infamous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas goes under the hammer, three years after the failed event.
In a release Thursday, the U.S. Marshals announced that 126 items from the festival will be auctioned off, with proceeds going toward the victims of the festival’s promoter Billy McFarland.
Some of the items, including cheaply-made cotton baseball caps and sweaters, have already soared to more than $300 and bidding will run for another ten days.
McFarland acknowledged defrauding investors of $26 million in the 2017 Fyre Festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the scam.
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Some of the items, including cheaply-made cotton baseball caps and sweaters, have already soared to more than $300 and bidding will not end for another ten days
A cotton sweater made in Bangladesh with the ‘Fyre’ branding across the chest is currently going for more than $300, with bidding running for another ten days
A Fyre token – presumably to be used at the event in some format – on sale with bidding at more than $120
A turquoise hoodie has already soared to nearly $400 after the items went on sale
He was sentenced to six years in prison in October 2018.
Now 28, he’s serving his sentence at a low-security prison in Ohio, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
‘This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release,’ U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New York said in the release.
The festival, billed as an ultra-luxurious event and ‘the cultural experience of the decade,’ was supposed to take place over two spring 2017 weekends on the Bahamian island of Exuma.
Models and celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski had promoted it on social media.
Billy McFarland, the promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, was sentenced to six years in prison in October 2018. Now 28, he’s serving his sentence at a low-security prison in Ohio, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
In May, it was revealed that Jenner had agreed to a $90,000 settlement late last year after being sued for her an Instagram post advertising the festival.
Jenner denied any liability in the settlement filed at a Manhattan court.
A string of lawsuits was filed against Jenner and other celebrities who promoted the festival by a bankruptcy trustee who is recovering money for its investors.
Customers who paid $1,200 to over $100,000 hoping to see Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos arrived to learn musical acts were canceled.
Kendall Jenner, 24, was sued for her Instagram post promoting Fyre Festival, the disastrous 2017 event that was the subject of both a Hulu and Netflix documentary
Kendall Jenner is to hand over a $90k settlement after being sued for this Instagram post promoting the controversial Fyre Festival. She was paid $275k for the now-deleted 2017 post
Worlds apart: The luxury accommodations promised to Fyre Festival wound up being hastily constructed tents not the tranquil event advertised in Jenner’s Instagram post
The festival was actually a disaster as festival-goers discovered once they arrived at the island
Their luxury accommodations and gourmet food consisted of leaky white tents and packaged food, prompting attendees to lash out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud.
It was the subject of two documentaries on Hulu and Netflix, which premiered in January 2019.
Intended headline act, Blink-182, is being sued for the return of $500,000.
Ratajkowski, meanwhile, is being pursued for the $300,000 she received for her Instagram post.
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Daniel Andrews is blasted fining anti-lockdown protesters but not families behind COVID-19 cluster
Premier Dan Andrews has come under fire for ‘toxic double standards’ after refusing to fine five families behind a COVID-19 cluster while punishing protesters as Victoria’s case numbers continue to fall.
Victoria recorded 14 new cases and five deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily increase since June and the tenth day in a row the state has recorded a daily infections increase below 50.
Five households in Clyde, Cranbourne North, Hallam and Narre Warren South are linked to 34 active cases, with the families believed to have sparked the cluster by breaching coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Andrews has come under fire for defending his move not to punish those families while anti-lockdown protesters were fined and arrested during rallies in Melbourne on Saturday.
Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been slammed for double standards after fining anti-lock-down protesters but refusing to punish those behind a COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne’s southeast
Opposition leader Michael O’Brien has slammed the move as ‘hypocrisy’.
‘Andrews shouldn’t be protecting those who spread the virus while fining others … Labor’s double standards are as toxic as this virus,’ he told the Herald Sun.
‘It’s a disgrace that Labor has locked up innocent Victorians under a curfew while those who break the law and spread the virus get off scot- free.
‘This is the same Andrews hypocrisy that saw teenagers fined for learning to drive while 10,000 Black Lives Matter protesters were ignored.’
Victoria police issued 21 fines and arrested 16 demonstrators as up to 150 people clashed with officers during rallies in Elsternwick and Elwood, 11km from Melbourne‘s CBD, on Saturday.
Mr Andrews said fining the families may prevent them from being co-operative during contact-tracing interviews.
‘I’m happy to concede that might seem a counterintuitive point. Perhaps we would all feel a bit better if they got slapped with a fine, but the value of the information that allows you to take one test result and then find the 33 other people who’ve got it, is much more than $1652,’ he said.
A woman is arrested by police at a anti-lockdown protest at Elwood Beach on Saturday
Up to 100 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne’s CBD. Pictured: Protesters and officers at the Saturday demonstrations
A woman could be seen yelling out as two officers pulled her hands behind her back at the rally
Mr O’Brien said the Andrews government had lost support of Victorians over its handling of the pandemic.
Last week, the opposition leader introduced a motion of no confidence into parliament in a bid to oust the Premier, with lower house MPs set to vote on the proposal next month.
On Saturday, Victoria recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 and a further seven deaths as Daniel Andrews urged covidiots not to gather at planned protests across the city or ‘do anything to undermine’ its progress with tackling COVID-19.
Protests were announced by rally organisers about 10.30am on Saturday – half an hour before kicking off at the State Library, and a second closely following at 12pm.
Law enforcement teams circled Elsternwick Park included officers from Public Order Response, the Mounted Unit, Air Unit and Highway Patrol.
Shouting about Premier Daniel Andrews and coronavirus restrictions was heard throughout the disjointed protests, which were described as ‘chaotic’.
One photographer said there was ‘a lot of running and not much protesting.’
Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day average has plummeted and now sits at 39.3 as the state moves to a COVID normal. In regional Victoria, the 14-day average is at just 1.9.
Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown – limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew.
Multiple rallies have taken place in Melbourne the past few weekends.
Victoria Police have responded with a heavy presence – handing out dozens of fines and making arrests.
‘Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this week we have seen, day after day, not the 725 cases we had five and a half weeks ago – we have made very significant progress,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘We’ve got regional Victoria opening up. People should be positive and optimistic this strategy is working, and therefore, let’s not any of us do anything to undermine that.’
The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4
A surge of cases in the Casey and Dandenong area has been linked back to five households in the Afghan community.
As residents in the city are still under strict Stage Four lockdown, it is thought the infected group may have breached the stay-at-home orders.
Public health authorities are racing to stop infections growing in the Casey and Dandenong council areas on the Melbourne’s southeast rim, which now has 90 active cases.
‘Members of those households visiting other households,’ Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said.
‘It is that limited amount of contact, relatively infrequent contact between these five households that has now meant that we have 34 people in five houses experiencing or living with a very real threat of the coronavirus.’
The cluster in the city’s southeast first emerged on September 4, with cases now having spread to Dandenong Police Station and a number of industrial work sites.
The Casey and Dandenong cluster is testing the capacity of COVID-detectives. Pictured: Heath workers are seen at a coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17
The success of Melbourne’s ongoing lockdown could be at risk with a new cluster in the southeast of the city. Pictured: A coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17
A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area
Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday said the actions of the family’s involved in the cluster was ‘disappointing’.
‘Five kilometres is one thing and visiting others is the real issue here,’ he said.
‘The rules are in place for a reason and anyone who undermines this, undermines the entire strategy and it means the rules will be on for longer.’
The Victorian leader, however, ruled out fines for the group, telling reporters it may discourage others from being completely honest with contact tracers.
‘I know many Victorians, when you see examples of people not following the rules, that’s disappointing, it makes you angry,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘You need to look at the bigger picture here.
‘We don’t want a situation where people don’t have a sense of confidence and indeed, you know, the sense they’re obliged to tell us the full story as quickly as possible. That’s what we need.’
Despite the new cluster, Victoria’s overall case numbers are continuing to decline.
Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell
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Lisa Curry pens gut-wrenching tribute to her late daughter Jaimi
Lisa Curry and her son Jett Kenny have shared their pain a day after burying their daughter and sister Jaimi Kenny following a years-long battle with an eating disorder and alcoholism.
Jaimi died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital last Monday morning surrounded by her family, including both her Olympian mother and Ironman father Grant Kenny.
Poignant tributes shared on Instagram on Sunday morning were a final goodbye to the beloved 33-year-old from a family who still can’t believe she is gone.
‘Yesterday, as the sun was setting, we said goodbye to you, our Jaimi,’ Curry wrote of the 100-person funeral at Sunshine Coast Chapel on Saturday.
Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September
‘As the last sun rays filtered through the trees onto you, fairy lights flickering everywhere around, with the most divine flowers surrounding you, and a room full of unconditional love, we farewelled you… always our bubba.
‘It was just perfect… beautiful, quiet, pretty and sparkly… just the way you would have wanted it.’
Curry alluded to her daughter’s heartbreaking battle with the demons that led to her death – that at least now they would haunt her no more.
‘Our little angel, you can now rest peacefully. Free of pain, free to flourish and free to grow, free to just be,’ she wrote.
‘Jaimi, as dad and I lovingly held you when you took your first breath, we lovingly held you as you took your last. Goodnight sweet girl… we hope you have a nice long sleep.’
Jaimi’s brother Jett penned his own somber tribute within an hour of his mother’s, reflecting on the good times the close family with his ‘biggest sister’.
‘You were there whenever I needed you, you taught me how to cook gourmet food like roast potatoes, chicken and salad, and tacos – the essentials in our household,’ he wrote.
‘You gave me a slight insight into fashion by dressing me in up in dresses and putting makeup on me when I was young. You’d sit behind me while I ate dinner and would pick at anything pimple looking on my back – even if it was just a mole.
‘You were my second mother, you were my biggest sister, you were my friend, and you were a fighter until the very end.
‘Jaimi, I will love you forever and you will always have a place in my heart. I will miss you dearly, but cherish the moments we had together greatly. I love you so much, and I will see you again at some point.’
Jett also reflected on the funeral, thanking the people who were able to attend and those who couldn’t due to Queensland’s gathering limit due to coronavirus.
‘Yesterday we said our final goodbyes to my beautiful sister and I would just like to thank everyone for your overwhelming love and support,’ he wrote.
‘The entire family was inundated with loving messages, flowers and thoughts for our beautiful Jaimi. I personally will never be able to thank everyone enough. But do know that it will never be forgotten.’
Dozens of devastated family and friends had gathered for the funeral on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon, after the tight-knit clan spent almost a week grieving the loss of the ‘bright, bubbly’ Jaimi.
After almost two hours, guests began filling out of the Sunshine Coast Chapel. Lisa could be seen bursting into tears as her husband Mark Tabone, family members and friends, all tried to comfort her.
Those in attendance congregated out the front of the church, tearfully exchanging hugs before Jaimi’s immediate family followed them out of the service.
Jett, sister Morgan and their devastated parents embraced as Jaimi’s white coffin, covered in pink and orange dahlias and baby’s breath, was placed in the back of the hearse and carried away.
The heart-wrenching final goodbye was made all the more difficult with only 100 family and friends allowed to attend under Queensland coronavirus restrictions.
Former Olympian Lisa Curry (pictured second from the right) is pictured with tears in her eyes as she emerges after from the emotional church service with her husband Mark Tabone (pictured right)
Family and friends of Jaimi Kenny are seen embracing each other at the conclusion of the heartbreaking funeral service
The heart-wrenching picture captures the emotion of Jaimi’s family in the wake of her shocking and tragic death
Jaimi Kenny’s brother Jett (pictured front left) and father Grant Kenny (pictured front right) can be seen leading the pallbearers as they carrying her coffin out of the church
Tribute: A bagpiper played a stirring tune as Jaimi’s white coffin, covered in pink and orange dahlias and baby’s breath, was placed in the back of the hearse
Jaimi’s casket is placed in the back of a hearse as those in attendance at the memorial service fight back tears
Dozens of mourners at Jaimi Kenny’s funeral a pictured giving their final farewell to the beloved young woman
Lisa Curry is pictured in tears next to her son Jett, as Jaimi’s body is being prepared to be driven away in a hearse
Earlier on Saturday, as the service got underway, swathes of brightly dressed mourners arrived at the Maroochydore funeral home wearing floral patterns.
They gathered out the front of the venue from about 3.30pm, chatting quietly among themselves until the Curry-Kenny clan arrived.
Jett donned a slick, grey suit and dark tinted sunglasses when he stepped out of a car alongside his Ironman father about 4pm.
The pair supported one another as they made their way through the crowd of friends and family.
A lone man playing a somber melody on the bagpipes eventually greeted guests, instructing them to make their way into the church for the service to begin.
Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny have farewelled their eldest daughter Jaimi Kenny (pictured left) on Saturday at a funeral service on the Sunshine Coast
Dozens of devastated family and friends spent almost a week grieving the loss of the ‘bright, bubbly’ Jaimi (pictured)
Jaimi Kenny, 33, had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic (Jaimi, left, is pictured with her family at her sister Morgan’s 2016 wedding)
Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny farewelled Jaimi on Saturday September 19 in a moving service on the Sunshine Coast
Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017
Jaimi’s immediate family had gathered at Grant’s waterfront home in the morning before the service. They spent the morning preparing for the funeral together and tidying up the house, before friends eventually came to help them transport bouquets of flowers which have been arriving since news of Jaimi’s tragic death spread.
Jaimi’s younger sister Morgan, who is pregnant, arrived with her husband Ryan and their two-year-old son Flynn before other members of the family after they left the Kenny home earlier on Saturday to head to the church.
Jaimi was particularly close with Flynn, and constantly doted on him.
The proud aunt often commented on how much she adored the two-year-old – who shares an incredible likeness to her when she was a child, with her famous golden blonde tresses and big blue eyes.
Just three weeks ago, Morgan shared a photograph of her and Flynn to Instagram, and Jaimi was quick to comment: ‘Just divine, both of you’, alongside several heart emojis.
Four weeks before that, she again commented on a photograph of Flynn, and commented that Morgan’s growing family was ‘just the cutest’.
‘Darling Flynn, oh you are beautiful,’ another comment left by Jaimi read.
Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn
Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ to Jaimi (right) they ‘loved one another unconditionally’
Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)
Prior to her death, Jaimi had expressed her desire to one day have a family of her own, and absolutely doted on the children in her family.
After her parents’ marriage deteriorated, Ironman Grant Kenny went on to have a daughter Trixie Belle with radio star Fifi Box.
‘Trixie’ was the centre of Jaimi’s universe, and the nanny even moved down to Melbourne to live with the duo.
‘Jaimi absolutely adored children and was especially close to Trixie,’ a family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily. The children gave her ‘a whole new lease on life’.
But her struggles with her mental health brought her back to the Sunshine Coast and her parents shortly after making the move.
She worked closely with the End ED clinic which specialises in eating disorder treatment and recovery.
Jaimi met and fell in love with local business owner Lachy Crossley on the Sunshine Coast.
His mother Gail said ‘they had plans to be together forever… They were certainly in love’.
‘You could just see the love in their eyes that they had for each other. People described them as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet,’ Dr Crossley added.
Condolences: Lisa’s husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi
Sad: ‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,’ Lisa said
New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi – who had a close friendship with her ex’s adult children, including Jaimi (left) – did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017
But in 2017, Lachy died in circumstances ‘too heartbreaking’ for the family to discuss.
The happy couple had recently moved in together and had began discussing their future together. They both loved each other and loved children even more.
The tragedy plunged Jaimi further into a depression and she spent the years to follow in and out of hospital and the eating disorder clinic.
Her medical team tried everything, including blood transfusions, to extend her life.
The Curry-Kenny clan have repeatedly expressed their fondness of her medical team, and thanked them for their hard work in maintaining Jaimi’s quality of life.
On Friday night, Morgan’s husband Ryan thanked the local community for their support and outpouring of love in the days since Jaimi’s death.
‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered kind words, gifts, support and love to Jaimi’s family and I. The condolences are so welcome and helpful,’ he wrote alongside a photo with bouquets of flowers.
‘We have been sharing the messages with each other and although we may not have been able to offer a response we have received the love from all of it and are very appreciative.
‘Jaimi was so very loved and will be so very missed but the love we all share for her will keep her memory alive.’
Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008
Tragedy: Lisa’s ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their ‘caring and loving’ daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14
Jaimi was extremely tough on herself, growing up in a family surrounded by Olympians, Ironmen, models and professional dancers.
Grant and her brother Jett are both Ironmen and revered within the local surf life saving community.
Jett still works as a life guard with Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, and is also a successful model.
Meanwhile her younger sister Morgan flourished when she moved to France for her dance career, scoring a prestigious role with the Moulin Rouge.
‘She was incredibly hard on herself and her own harshest critic, but completely non-judgmental of others,’ a Curry-Kenny family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily.
‘Growing up on the beach on the Sunny Coast, she was – apart from being incredibly gorgeous – a genuinely kind soul, bubbly, loveable and outgoing. No-one knew until many years later about her silent struggles with depression and chronic eating disorders. She managed to keep on smiling despite so many very dark days.’
Despite her ongoing struggles, friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her.
Even retail assistants at her local shopping centre in Kawana told Daily Mail Australia she was always a ‘friendly face’ when she popped in.
Her model brother Jett paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday, admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ they ‘loved one another unconditionally’.
‘I may not have been the best brother to you all the time, I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time, but I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time,’ he wrote.
‘I will love you forever. Rest In Peace my beautiful big sister, the world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one. You will be dearly missed by all whose lives you touched.’
The tight-knit family have been congregating at Kenny’s luxury home in the days since Jaimi’s passing.
They’ve kept a relatively low profile, instead opting to mourn privately.
But Jett has been spotted several times around town, turning to his closest friends during the difficult time.
Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her
Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan
RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer
He has shared several photographs taken at the gym, enjoying cocktails and pizza at a Brisbane bar and at the surf club where he works in the days since Jaimi’s passing.
Jaimi had been struggling for some time in the lead up to her tragic death, both with her eating disorder and a dependency on alcohol.
She first sought help for mental health ‘troubles’, including anxiety, when she was 14.
But in 2014, she was charged with high range drink driving after she was caught swerving between lanes on the Sunshine Coast Motorway.
Police pulled her over, and she was required to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where the court heard she had consumed up to 16 bottles of Strongbow cider.
She recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.23 per cent at the scene – almost five times the legal limit.
Her lawyer at the time told the court she was getting help for her problems, and admitted that alcohol had become ‘a bit of a feature’ in her life since the deterioration of a romantic relationship in 2012.
Jaimi had been supported by her parents and siblings through many years of treatment at private clinic End ED, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Shattered staff at the clinic said they could not discuss Jaimi’s struggle, but told how she became part of the ‘family’ over the years.
She was an avid swimmer at the time and hoped to follow in her Olympian mother’s footsteps.
The family confirmed Jaimi’s death on Monday September 14 with a moving statement.
‘It is with a very heavy heart that Lisa and I confirm that our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family,’ Grant first said on Monday.
‘Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,’ he continued.
‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.’
For free and confidential support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorder concerns on 1800 ED HOPE
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Trump says a woman is in ‘first place’ to get his nomination for Supreme Court
President Donald Trump on Saturday announced that a woman is in ‘first place’ to receive his Supreme Court nomination to fill the vacancy caused by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.
He named two conservative women who he has elevated to federal appeals courts as contenders, a move that would tip the court further to the right.
Trump, who now has a chance to nominate a third justice to a lifetime appointment on the court, named Amy Coney Barrett, 48, of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa, 52, of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees.
He praised Lagoa, in particular, as an ‘incredible person’.
The president did not commit to a timeline for the nomination but he is expected to announce the name within the next seven days after saying he was ‘obligated’ to so so ‘without delay’.
President Trump said Saturday his Supreme Court nominee is most likely to be a woman
According to CNN, a source said that the announcement of the nomination could rely on when Ginsburg’s burial takes place.
Even before Ginsburg’s death, Trump had made public a list of potential nominees.
Barrett has generated perhaps the most interest in conservative circles. A devout Roman Catholic, she was a legal scholar at Notre Dame Law School in Indiana before Trump appointed her to the 7th Circuit in 2017.
A Barrett nomination would likely ignite controversy, as her strong conservative religious views have prompted abortion-rights groups to say that if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she would likely vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Lagoa has served on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for less than a year after being appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Senate on an 80-15 vote. Prior to that she also spent less than a year in her previous position as the first Latina to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.
She previously spent more than a decade as a judge on an intermediate appeals court in Florida.
Another candidate Trump has considered previously is Amul Thapar. He was a district court judge in Kentucky – the first federal judge of South Asian descent – before Trump appointed him to the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit in 2017.
Ginsburg’s death on Friday from cancer after 27 years on the court handed Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, the opportunity to expand its conservative majority to 6-3 at a time of a gaping political divide in America.
Conservative activists for years have sought to get enough votes on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to appoint justices who would overturn that decision.
But the court in July, even with its conservative majority, struck down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law on a 5-4 vote.
Amy Coney Barrett is among the frontrunners. She has generated perhaps the most interest in conservative circles. A devout Roman Catholic, she was a legal scholar at Notre Dame Law School in Indiana before Trump appointed her to the 7th Circuit in 2017
The two justices already appointed by Trump were Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation process was particularly heated, as he faced accusations by a California university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, that he had sexually assaulted her in 1982 when the two were high school students in Maryland.
Kavanaugh angrily denied those accusations and was narrowly confirmed.
Any nomination would require approval in the Senate, where Trump’s Republicans hold a 53-47 majority.
‘We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,’ Trump said on Twitter.
‘We have this obligation, without delay!’
Trump praised Hispanic judge Barbara Lagoa as an ‘incredible person’
Not all Republican senators supported the move: Maine’s Susan Collins on Saturday said Trump should hold off on nominating.
‘In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd,’ Collins, facing a tough re-election race herself, said on Twitter.
Democrats are still seething over the Republican Senate’s refusal to act on Democratic President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016 after conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died 10 months before that election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said then that the Senate should not act on a court nominee during an election year, a stance he has since reversed.
Even if Democrats win the White House and a Senate majority in the November election, Trump and McConnell have time as the full new Congress would not be sworn in until Jan. 3
Senior congressional Democrats raised the prospect of adding additional justices next year to counterbalance Trump’s nominees if they win control of the White House and Senate in the November election.
McConnell, who has made confirmation of Trump’s federal judicial nominees a top priority, said the chamber would vote on any Trump nominee.
Given that they have few tools to block the eventual nomination from passing, Democrats plan to try to rally public opposition to the move.
‘The focus needs to be showing the public what’s at stake in this fight. And what’s at stake is really people’s access to affordable healthcare, workers’ rights and women’s rights,’ said Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen in a telephone interview.
Obama himself on Saturday called on Senate Republicans to honor what he called that ‘invented’ 2016 principle.
‘A basic principle of the law – and of everyday fairness – is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what´s convenient or advantageous in the moment,’ Obama said in a statement posted online.
Republicans risk the possibility of liberals embracing more radical proposals should Trump replace Ginsburg but Democrats win November’s election, with some activists on the left suggesting even before Ginsburg’s death that the number of justices on the court should be expanded to counter Trump’s appointees.
‘Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,’ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told fellow Democrats on a Saturday conference call, according to a source who listened to the call.
House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Saturday said that rushing a court pick through the Senate if Democrats win in November would be ‘undemocratic.’
He said in a Twitter post that doing so would mean ‘Congress would have to act and expanding the court would be the right place to start.’
Confirmation votes could also put more pressure on incumbent Republican senators in competitive election races, including Collins and Arizona’s Martha McSally, at a time when Democrats are eying a chance to win control of that chamber. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who is not up for re-election this cycle, also could play a pivotal role.
She told local media on Friday, prior to Ginsburg’s death, that she would not vote for a Supreme Court nominee so close to the election.
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