Judge Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation
Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing is set to start October 12.
President Donald Trump nominated Judge Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Despite her strong record of service and experience, Judge Barrett has faced repeated attacks for her faith. Here are a few other facts about Judge Barrett:
- Judge Barrett previously clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, and shares his originalist judicial philosophy. In her own words, that means, “A judge must apply the law as written.”
- She is a mother to seven and describes herself as a “faithful Catholic.” In her 2017 confirmation hearing to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein expressed “concern” that “the dogma lives loudly within you.” The comment drew harsh criticism from Christians and conservatives who said it was tantamount to defying the “No Religious Test” clause of the Constitution.
- Noah Feldman, a professor of law at Harvard Law School and self-identified liberal, endorsed “profoundly conservative” Judge Barrett in a column for Bloomberg. Despite their differences he writes, “Barrett is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.” He also said her Catholicism and conservatism “should not be treated as disqualifying.”
Considering the controversial circumstances surrounding the president’s nomination of Judge Barrett, senators will likely face pressure from all sides to vote a certain way. Make sure your opinion doesn’t get lost in political games! Contact your senators today and let them know whether you think she should be confirmed.
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