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The Next Clarence Thomas? Abortion Pill Case Spotlights Rightwing Judge and his Wife’s Shadowy Connections

Judge James Ho ruled to restrict mifepristone. His wife Allyson is linked to the anti-abortion group that brought the case. (Click image for article.)

James Ho and his wife Allyson during his Senate judiciary committee confirmation hearing in Washington DC on 15 November 2017. Photograph: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

 

When the former president Donald Trump appointed the Texas attorney James Ho to the fifth circuit court of appeals in 2017, lawyers at the prominent law firm Gibson Dunn – where Ho worked before his appointment – had a problem: how to replace the politically connected Ho. Turns out, they didn’t even need to change the home address for his replacement. Ho’s wife, Allyson, moved into her husband’s position and his old office.

Meet the Hos.

…Ho served on the three-judge panel last summer that ruled to restrict access to mifepristone. The legal group behind the mifepristone case, Alliance Defending Freedom, made at least six payments from 2018 through 2022 to his wife, Allyson, a powerhouse federal appellate lawyer who has argued in front of the supreme court and has deep connections to the conservative legal movement that has led the attack on the right to abortion in the US….

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