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SCOTUS nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Trump after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in September 2020. Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is controversial because many believe that a Supreme Court justice replacement should occur after the November election, to be nominated by the winning Presidential candidate. However, there are others who propose that whoever wins the Presidency may have the option of “packing” the Supreme Court with as many judges as they want. As that debate rages on, Amy Coney Barrett has been facing a contentious Congressional hearing in which she has been questioned extensively about her personal beliefs and legal background. She is known for having clerked for late Justice Scalia and becoming a Federal judge in 2017. If approved, Amy Coney Barrett would become only the fifth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. Still, “who does the laundry” at home was not the best question and just highlighted the misogyny of the Senate. Many senators questioned her motivation to become a Supreme Court Justice and speculated if she would overturn many precedent cases, like the Affordable Care Act, or rule in favor of the policies of the Republican party. But Amy Coney Barrett promised to uphold the law and believes that “judges are not policymakers” and “courts should not try to make policy.” Considering the Republican majority and her nomination by a Republican President, it is most likely that Amy Coney Barrett will become the next Supreme Court Justice and hopefully, keep her promises.

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