U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended a company accused of failing to provide adequate treatment and care to inmates dying of HIV/AIDS in Alabama prisons, the American Ledger, reports.


The 1990s case, which was previously unreported, raises even more questions for equality advocates regarding Kavanaugh’s priorities as an attorney in private practice, and how thoroughly the Senate Judiciary Committee has vetted the Trump nominee.


Via American Ledger:


Kavanaugh’s client, Correctional Medical Services, which was responsible for medical treatment for the state’s prisoners, was accused of improperly providing and withholding vital drugs. Inmates also accused the company of segregating HIV positive inmates from other prisoners as a cost-saving measure, a move they alleged violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.


As an attorney for the defendants, Kavanaugh filed a brief calling for the case to be dismissed on technical grounds, arguing that the patients had no way to receive protection from the courts until they exhausted the prison system’s administrative-review process.


The prisoners accused the company of “deliberate indifference” to their needs, including “a failure to properly administer or provide medications, a total lack of certain prescribed medications, a failure to respond to medical emergencies and a practice of returning inmates who are gravely ill or in ‘end stages’ to their dormitory where no medical treatment is provided.”


"That Kavanaugh chose to defend a company accused of deliberately abusing prisoners with HIV and AIDS says a lot about his value system and what we can expect of him in Justice Kennedy's seat," said David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director. "The American people deserve a fair-minded jurist. The Senate needs to reject this nomination."



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