Donald Trump-nominated Amy Coney Barrett dismissed claims that the US Supreme Court was made up of “a bunch of partisan hacks” days after delivering a controversial 5-4 ruling that backed the Texas’ new restrictive abortion law.
“Saying that the court’s reasoning is flawed is different from saying that the court is acting in a partisan manner,” said Barrett, criticizing the media for failing to seize the deliberative process of the court to render the judgments it delivers.
“Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties,” she insisted at a conference hosted by the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville on Sunday, adding that there was a “need for assess what the tribunal is doing on its own terms “.
Judge Barrett, who was introduced by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell on the 30th anniversary of the Center he founded, also cited a number of cases in which the nine justices did not vote across parties, USA Today reported.
“The media, as well as the hot shots on Twitter, report the results and decisions… which make the decision appear to be results-driven. This leaves it up to the reader to judge whether the court was right or wrong, depending on whether she liked the results of the decision, ”the judge said.
“And here’s the problem: Sometimes I don’t like the results of my decisions. But it’s not my job to decide cases based on the outcome I want.
Judge Barrett was appointed ahead of the 2020 presidential election to fill the vacant post on the Supreme Court following the death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and tipped the court towards a Tory majority.
Mr McConnell lobbied for her nomination despite opposition from Democrats, who protested against her on the grounds that the process was rushed. They said the winner of the 2020 presidential election should pick the candidate for the vacant Supreme Court post.
While Mr McConnell rejected the Democrats’ argument, he took the same position in 2016 by refusing to hold hearings for a Supreme Court candidate appointed by then President Barack Obama.
Ms Barrett’s appointment sealed a Conservative 6-3 majority in the highest court for the foreseeable future after the U.S. Senate voted 52-48, confirming her in the post for life.
During her speech, Barrett said judges must be “super vigilant to ensure that they do not allow personal biases to creep into their decisions, because judges are people too”.
His comments followed the controversial Supreme Court order that upheld Texas law banning most abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, sparking a backlash and protests from advocacy groups. defense of rights. There was also a protest march outside Ms Barrett’s conference venue.
But the Supreme Court judge declined to comment on individual cases after a student asked him about this emergency order and another decision in which the highest court refused to block a court order. inferior ordering the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era program that requires people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the country.
It would be “inappropriate,” the conservative judge said, declining to comment.
The 49-year-old judge also gave some advice to young women looking for a career in public service, saying she would like them to know that it is possible to raise a family and be successful.
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