Amy Coney Barrett Declines To Block Indiana University COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Indiana University is one of a number of American institutions of higher education that now require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Last night, Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected a request from eight Indiana undergraduates who want the federal courts to block that requirement. As SCOTUSblog reporter Amy Howe notes, “Barrett, who is responsible for emergency appeals from Indiana, denied the students’ request without comment, without seeking a response from the state, and without referring the request to the full court for a vote—suggesting that she and the other justices did not regard it as a particularly close case.”
This outcome should not come as a great surprise. Not only have the students repeatedly lost in the lower courts, but they have lost at the hands of a respected Republican-appointed judge whose words have been known to carry weight at SCOTUS.
The case is Klaassen v. Trustees of Indiana University. Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, declined to block the university’s vaccine mandate. Earlier this month, Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit did the same. Easterbrook, who was appointed to that court in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan, then dismissed the students’ arguments in n
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