US President Donald Trump is expected to name the conservative judge to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to US media reports.
US President Donald Trump is expected to pick out Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, in line with multiple US media reports citing unnamed Republican sources.
Barrett is a 48 years old constitutional scholar, which was named by Trump to the federal appeals bench in 2017.
She is a favourite of the Federalist Society. a group that has organized the confirmation of over 200 conservative jurists to the federal courts since Trump took office.
On Friday evening, several US news outlets including CNN, the NY Times and also the Hill reported that Trump plans to nominate Barrett for the empty Supreme Court seat in an announcement scheduled for Saturday.
Al Jazeera couldn’t independently verify those reports, which cited unnamed people aware of the nomination process.
In less than two years on the federal appeals bench, Barrett has quickly established herself as a conservative jurist who would swing the nine-member US Supreme Court to a 6-3 conservative majority.
Barrett met with Trump at the White House on Monday, according to the president, who described her without naming her as widely “respected” and “brilliant”.
Trump told reporters travelling with him on Friday that he has made a choice “I haven’t said it had been ‘Barrett’, she is brilliant”, according to a media reports.
Former Scalia clerk
Barrett is a graduate of Notre Dame school of law where she was editor of the law review and first in her 1997 class. She returned to Notre Dame to show in 2002 and was raised by Trump to the federal appeals bench in 2017.
Barrett is believed to oppose termination, although she sidestepped questions about the subject in her 2017 Senate hearing.
She would be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court and her lifetime appointment would likely shape American law for many years to come back.
Barrett is associated with a comparatively new school of constitutional jurisprudence in which scholars and judges attempt to interpret the initial aim of the framers of the US Constitution.
Originalism is different from textualism which was the thought of the school of judicial, advocated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Textualism strongly focuses on the plain meaning of the legal words without regard necessarily to the intent. Barrett clerked for Scalia after law school in 1998-1999.
Originalism is a generally traditional philosophy followed by Justice Gorsuch that sometimes yields surprising decisions not necessarily in line with traditional political thinking.
Many liberals worry that federal judges nominated by Trump are minded to issue political decisions which enforce the views of the traditional wing of the president’s party.
Barrett‘s nomination to replace Ginsburg coming just weeks before a presidential election will highlight her views on abortion, healthcare and guns.
Democrats like Senator Dianne Feinstein of California in the past suggested that Barrett’s legal views are lead by her religious beliefs and that she would work on the court to change paradigm establishing the right to an abortion.
“The dogma lives loudly with you and that’s a priority,” Feinstein said at Barrett’s Senate hearing to be an appeals court judge in 2017. “I assume that you simply would be a no vote on Roe,” Feinstein said, relating the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case that first created a right to abortion.
The dogma lives loudly with you and that’s a concern
US SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN, DURING BARRETT’S 2017 SENATE hearing TO US appeals court
Barrett is probably going to face opposition in the Senate from Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski over abortion rights. Both have also signalled opposition to picking a replacement to Ginsburg before the election on November 3.
Republicans to push through a nominee
Nevertheless, most Senate Republicans have lined up behind Trump’s push to name a Supreme Court justice before the vote and Democrats who are a minority in the Senate have few tools to dam their effort.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, VP Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, are leading the president’s selection process, the Reuters press agency reported.
Conservative activist Leonard Leo, the previous executive VP of the Federalist Society who now heads a conservative public affairs firm, also has been playing a number one role.
Barrett is married to Jesse M Barrett, a fellow Notre Dame law graduate and a former assistant US attorney in South Bend. They have seven children, including two adopted from Haiti.
The NY Times has reported that Barrett is a member of a non-denominational group of Catholics, Protestants and others which are called People of Praise. The group of about 1,700 people was founded in South Bend in 1971 and stick to an accord during which men provide the spiritual leadership in their families.
Barrett was born in New Orleans, the oldest of seven children. Her father was a lawyer for the Shell company. She grew up in Metairie, a suburb of latest Orleans.
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