Appointment of Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett


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By Natalie VonderHeide

Three days after the sudden death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump has offered a position in the court to Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  

Barrett is a mother to seven children with strong conservative and religious beliefs. In other words, the complete opposite of Ginsburg. 

With a little over 15 years of teaching law at the University of Notre Dame and just under three years of actually practicing law at a private practice, Barrett lacks the basic fundamentals judge’s have had in the past. The new judge’s views on abortion, LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter, and immigration to name a few concern the public with how drastic the changes would be.

Junior Giuliana Ramirez disagrees with Barrett’s beliefs and feels that her religious views could affect her decision making. 

“Her religious beliefs contribute to the fact that she wants to take rights away from people, and that makes me dislike her,” Ramirez said. “My dislike from an unbiased point of view would be that she is inexperienced.” 

Barrett’s new position in the court causes the justice’s to lean more towards the right in a 6-3 ratio. 

While a lot of people do not agree with Barrett’s views and new role in the court, student Logan Tyler believes that she could be a good addition.

“I believe that Amy Coney Barrett is a strong person who has a record to back it up and that she will do what she took an oath to do and will provide a good example for other justices,” Tyler said. 

While Barrett did take an oath and claims she will not bring her religion into her practice, she does not have a strong record of experience to support this. Most judge’s when submitting their record have over 75,000 documents of experience. Barrett only has 1,800. 

Therefore, Trump’s last minute decision to elect Barrett to the court was not acceptable, and her past history and beliefs could tie too much into her rulings.