Former members have said the group's leaders teach that wives must submit to the will of their husbands. A spokesman for the organization has declined to say whether the judge and her husband, Jesse M. Barrett, are members. But an analysis by The Associated Press shows that People of Praise erased numerous records from its website during the summer of that referred to Barrett and included photos of her and her family. Last week, when Barrett again emerged as a front-runner for the court, more articles, blog posts and photos disappeared.
The AP was able to track the deletions and access the missing information through the Internet Archive, a nonprofit group that has saved digital versions of more than billion web s since Barrett, 48, did not mention People of Praise in her or Senate judicial questionnaires, the most recent of which was released Tuesday.
And a request to interview her made through the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, where she currently serves as a judge, was declined.
One of the women also said she was forbidden from getting birth control because married women were supposed to bear as many babies as God would provide. Additionally, women take on a variety of crucial leadership roles within People of Praise, including serving as he of several of our schools and directing ministries within our community. But members of the organization and descriptions of its hierarchy show that members almost invariably the covenant after three to six years of religious study or they leave, so it would be unusual for Barrett to be involved for so many years without having done so.
A tribute written by Jesse Barrett about his recently deceased grandfather, Eugene Geissler, also disappeared. At his wake, according to the tribute, a longtime member recounted how the couple was once audited by the Internal Revenue Service because the large of dependents claimed on their return was considered suspicious.
Jesse Barrett, a former federal prosecutor who now works in private practice, did not respond to voic or sent through his South Bend law firm. Associated Press Writer Michelle R. Smith in Providence, Rhode Island, contributed to this report.
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