Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice

Ailina Cunningham, Staff Writer  

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett walks with President Donald Trump. Photo retrieved from creativecommons.org

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Oct. 26th, 2020, filling the seat left open following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Plenty of controversy followed her nomination, much like the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Unlike Ginsburg, who leaned more towards a liberal point of view, Barrett is more conservative. Despite Ginsburg’s dying wish to wait until after the Presidential election to appoint another Supreme Court member, Barrett was sworn in a week before the Nov. 3rd election day. 

In her initial Supreme Court hearing, Barrett was questioned about her ideas and qualifications for a Supreme Court nomination. She is a graduate of Notre Dame law school and a member of the New York Bar Association. Barrett declined to comment her positions on topics such as abortion and immigration. When asked to provide her stance on a hypothetical situation of voter intimidation, Barrett stated, “I can’t characterize the facts in a hypothetical situation, and I can’t apply the law to a hypothetical set of facts.” Barrett maintained her inability to provide her stance on topics out of a court of law and without the full facts of a case. 

At her White House confirmation hearing administered by Justice Clarence Thomas, Barett stated, “The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my preferences. I love the Constitution and the Democratic Republic that it establishes and I will devote myself to preserving it.” 

Barrett is slated to begin work once she is sworn in a second time by Chief Justice John Roberts at the Supreme Court. Some of the cases on the docket that she will be looking at are the Affordable Care Act case, concerns about the President’s tax returns, Mississippi abortion controversies, and an ongoing Pennsylvania same-sex marriage discrimination case. The outcomes of these cases can impact the nation moving forward, as well as how its citizens approach societal problems. The rulings on these cases could shape how decisions are made at the highest level, and how those decisions affect everyone on a national level. 

Barrett is the fifth woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Her predecessor Ginsburg is remembered as a trailblazer for women’s rights and a key player in multiple cases that helped shape the women’s rights movement. Barrett’s appointment has provided her an opportunity to create her own impact on the nation.

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