Whatever happens in next week’s election, Donald Trump’s shadow will linger for decades in U.S. political life. The Republicans’ predictable victory in the Senate in Monday night’s vote makes Trump a president with no less than three Supreme Court-confirmed nominations: Neil Gorsuch (in 2017), Brett Kavanaugh (in 2018) and now Amy Coney Barrett .
The new judge of the United States Supreme Court took her oath shortly after the Senate vote in the White House, in the presence of President Trump. Amy Coney Barrett is 48 years old, a really young age for a court where judges are appointed for life. For the next few years, her appointment secured a 6-3 Conservative majority in the most important court in the United States. She holds the post left vacant after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an iconic judge for American liberalism.
“A historic day for America, for the constitution of the United States, and for a fair and impartial rule of law,” President Trump said at the swearing-in ceremony. Barrett, who ran the front page of the newspapers during Senate hearings with her evasive and inconclusive answers, resumed his legal philosophy in his statement after taking the oath. “A judge declares his independence not only from Congress and the president, but also from his private beliefs. The judicial oath captures the essence of a judge’s duty: the rule of law must always be in control “, she said.
The ceremony took place at the White House, a month after a similar event, in which President Trump presented the judge as his nomination, led to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus among several top US officials. United States, including President Trump, tested positive shortly after the event, although he was most likely infected from another source.
Who is Amy Coney Barrett
Amy Coney Barrett was born in New Orleans to a family of seven with her father as a lawyer and a mother. She is a Catholic and has seven children with her husband, a former federal prosecutor, five natives and two adoptees. An appellate judge for the states of Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin in 2017, her name was also circulated for the position of judge at the Supreme Court in 2018, then losing the nomination in favor of Brett Kavanaugh.
Barrett graduated from Notre Dame University with a degree in promotion and has taught here since 2002. For a time at the beginning of her career, she was an intern for Antonin Scalia, the famous conservative Supreme Court judge who died in 2016. Described as a devout Catholic, wrote in a 2013 article in the journal Notre Dame University that “life begins at conception.”
Although she did not directly judge abortion cases, as an appellate judge she voted in the minority in certain cases – against an appeal involving parental notification legislation in abortion cases under 16, but also in favor of hearings involving a law regulating fetal remains after abortion. In both cases, the majority decided that it was a restriction on the right to abortion, and therefore a violation of the legislation adopted in 1973.
As a judge at the Federal Court of Appeal, Barrett also stood out for her decisions in favor of Donald Trump’s harsh anti-immigration policies and for upholding a robust right of American citizens to bear arms. Barrett considers himself a follower of originalism, a conception of interpretation of the Constitution that presupposes the understanding of the provisions of the fundamental act according to how they were understood and justified by the founders of the United States.
Barrett was once described as a true rock star of the conservative movement in the United States. A devout Catholic with a deeply conservative legal decision, it is not difficult to understand why American conservatives have high hopes for her work at the Supreme Court, expecting favorable decisions in cases related to changes in the regulation of the right to abortion or invalidation. , the health insurance program adopted by President Obama.