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Cook Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit/Vote on Confirmation.
senate Roll Call 139     May 05, 2003
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The subject of this vote was Senate confirmation of Deborah Cook to be a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Progressives opposed Cook's nomination based on her views in areas of worker and consumer rights. During Senate debate on the confirmation, progressive Senators cited numerous instances during her tenure on the Ohio Supreme Court in which Cook took extraordinary measures to protect businesses at the expense of injured workers. For instance, in one wrongful death case involving a Wal-Mart employee who was killed operating a forklift, it was discovered after the ruling had been offered that Wal-Mart improperly concealed documents on similar accidents and had instructed its representatives to lie about them. When the spouse of the dead employee filed a claim to the Ohio Supreme Court to allow the court to consider the new information, Cook was the lone dissenter which, in effect, would have rewarded companies for deceit and suppression of evidence. Cook was confirmed by the Senate on a 66-25 vote.

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