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Amy Coney Barrett is the new judge on the U.S. Supreme Court. Who is she, and why was she nominated as a Supreme Court Justice?

Barrett was nominated to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the court until she passed away earlier in 2020.

Amy Coney Barrett is a lawyer, professor, and judge who has been serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals since 2017. Before that, she worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C.  Barrett was well known for serving as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Barrett has also taught at George Washington University’s law school and then moved to Notre Dame Law School. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Law, focusing her research and teaching constitutional law.

Barrett’s is a constitutional originalist. That means she thinks we should apply the law of the Constitution was it was written. This is different compared to some people who think that we need to change the way we read the Constitution to fit the changes that have happened in society since the U.S. was founded.

Barrett is a Roman Catholic. Democrats in the Senate questioned Barret’s dedication to her Catholic faith and whether she could be trusted to judge cases without basing rulings on her religious beliefs. Republicans felt that Barrett was being attacked simply for her religion rather than her ideas about the law.

The Senate voted on October 26 for Amy Coney Barrett to join the Supreme Court as its newest judge.

Jose Backer, General Assignment Reporter, is a graduate of St. Michael's College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in the Pasadena area.

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