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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has single-handedly shut down an attempt by several New York City teachers to block the city’s vaccine mandate for public school employees, raising growing concerns about her potential partiality.
In a ruling made late Friday afternoon, the demonstrably left-wing justice not only refused to refer the case to the full Supreme Court, meaning the teachers are plumb out of luck, but also abstained from even penning an explanation.
Moreover, she reached the decision within 24 hours, despite the request measuring nearly 100 pages.
As seen below, the request was filed Thursday:
NEW: New York City schoolteachers have filed an emergency request asking SCOTUS to block the city’s vaccine mandate for public school employees. Lower courts declined to block the policy. The filing is here: https://t.co/JbqNXZO60h pic.twitter.com/rurxE7WVQ1
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) September 30, 2021
“Absent intervention from this Court, in less than two days, thousands of public-school employees will be forced out of work by the New York City Department of Education … the City of New York … and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,” the request reads.
It further notes that the far-left city isn’t even granting “public-school employees with the choice to opt out of the vaccine mandate through weekly testing—an option provided for other municipality employees.”
The only option provided is for unvaccinated teachers “to go on unpaid leave for nearly a year,” thus sacrificing months of essential income and “violat[ing] the substantive due process and equal protection rights afforded to all public-school employees.”
The mandate, the suit further argues, is slated to produce a teacher shortage that “threatens the education of thousands of children in the largest public-school system in the country.”
This is true.
“Right now, about 10,000 teachers remain unvaccinated, and schools are scrambling to replace them before the deadline,” local station WABC confirmed last week.
Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio has, for his part, claimed he’s “prepared” for a shortage:
(Video: CBS New York)
In remarks made earlier in the week, the mayor said that all public school employees have til 5:00 pm on Oct. 1st (Friday) to start the vaccination process.
“If you have not have gotten that first dose Friday, 5:00 pm, we will assume you are not coming to work on Monday, and you will not be paid starting Monday, and we will fill your role with a substitute or an alternative employee,” he said.
BREAKING NEWS: @NYCMayor on @InsideCityHall says Department of Education staff have until 5 p.m. on Friday to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, after a federal appeals panel ruled the vaccine mandate can go forward. #NY1Politics pic.twitter.com/Qab6VD2D6h
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) September 27, 2021
Following Sotomayor’s seemingly rushed ruling Friday, the plaintiffs in the case — local teachers Rachel Maniscalco, Evelyn Arancio, Diana Salomon, and Corinne Lynch — issued a statement expressing their disappointment, according to station WPIX.
“We are extremely disappointed with the decision of the United States Supreme Court. The voices of our teachers deserved to be heard. Vaccine mandates for adults has not been argued before the Court in over a century. These unconstitutional edicts will continue throughout the nation until our Courts decide to hear our argument that the Government has gone too far,” they wrote.
“Our children are the ones who will suffer the most. The teachers that our kids are so fond of will no longer be in the classroom. The safety of our children will be compromised with the absence of school safety officers. The public school system, like the rest of the city, will be tragically degraded by these mayoral decisions. May God help our teachers and children,” they added.
Meanwhile, anger began brewing among the public over what has been a streak of seemingly partisan decisions by Sotomayor.
In fact, her ruling came only two days after she complained to a crowd of law students about the Texas heartbeat law that she and her fellow liberal justices had tried but failed to block from taking effect.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 5, 2021
“You know, I can’t change Texas’ law, but you can, and everyone else who may or may not like it can go out there and be lobbying forces in changing laws that you don’t like,” she said at an American Bar Association event, as reported by CNN.
“I am pointing out to that when I shouldn’t because they tell me I shouldn’t, but my point is that there are going to be a lot of things you don’t like” that can be changed through lobbying, she added.
Though she tried to coat her partiality by saying “everyone else who may or may not like it,” the intent of her words was clear. So was the irony.
As noted below by Seattle radio show host Jason Rantz of KTTH, support for abortion is mutually exclusive with support for vaccine mandates:
Sotomayor chose not to send this to the full court (she could have) so it would be surely rejected. Now teachers will be forced into a system that denies then bodily autonomy by a justice who embraces the “my body, my choice” mantra. https://t.co/FhmkBmGgSg
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 1, 2021
The conflicting views have some critics convinced that Sotomayor’s rulings aren’t based on any fundamental principles but rather solely on politics.
Sotomayor is a Democrat political activist … not a constitutional Justice.
— Sonlight 🇺🇸 (@BillyBoysDaddy) October 1, 2021
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