President Joe Biden was poised to nominate an anti-abortion attorney to a federal judgment on the same day that Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
In a White House email sent to Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on June 23, the administration announced that Biden planned to nominate Chad Meredith for a lifetime appointment to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on June 24, per the newspaper.
On June 24, the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision that legalized abortion in the United States and established a constitutional right to the procedure. (The Bluegrass State already had a trigger law in place ending abortion procedures in the state if Roe was tossed aside, but a federal judge has temporarily blocked it from taking effect, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.)
Meredith’s nomination to the federal court has not been announced by the White House, but there are no signals that the administration has reversed course.
The undated email, which came from Kate Marshall — the White House senior advisor to governors and a former Nevada state treasurer and lieutenant governor — was recently accessed by the Courier-Journal.
The document read: “To be nominated tomorrow: … Stephen Chad Meredith: candidate for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.”
Beshear on Thursday was highly critical of the potential elevation of Meredith, a former chief deputy general counsel under ex-Republican Gov. Matt Bevin who later served as Kentucky’s solicitor general. During the last few months of Bevin’s administration, the governor made a series of controversial pardons, including one of a man who had been convicted of raping a child.
“If the president makes that nomination, it is indefensible,” the governor