Judge Amy Coney Barret, President Trumps nominee to the Supreme court has caused a lot of stir between the Republicans and the Democrats. Her nomination follows after the demise of Justice Ruth Ginsburg. With her nomination, it is said that the high court will move in a far more aggressively conservative direction.
In other terms, the judge is a dream to the Republicans and a nightmare to the Democrats. She is praised by many as she is also known to be a fervent scholar making her one of the best fit for the nomination. She is a mother of seven, including two children she and her husband have adopted from Haiti and another child who has down syndrome.
Amy Barret has also been a professor for 15 years in Notre Dame Law School where she is well spoken of by her students. They say that she always makes an effort to get to know and understand them putting their needs first.
The most controversial topic that people seem to worry about is the issue of abortion and how the judge views it. This is after the case of Roe v Wade, where she opined that the decision should have been hollowed out but not reversed. ”I think the question is how much freedom the court is willing to let states have in regulating abortion” she said.
If she is confirmed as the new supreme court judge, she is likely to be the sixth conservative vote to the court, and the case of Roe v Wade may be overturned. Barret closely identifies with the idea of originalism, that the court should interpret the constitution in a manner that was initially intended by the founders. It is also said that she has no regard for precedents, therefore, overturning many long-established decisions.
The most famous case in her judicial writings is the gun case which the critics have used against her. The Supreme court in 2008 ruled that the constitution guarantees the right to own a gun. The justice in writing to the court listed exceptions as to when one would not be allowed to own a gun.
One of these exceptions was that a felon was not allowed to own a gun. She dissented the felon laws when they came before her and went ahead to say that the Supreme court didn’t mean to exclude ownership for felons who were not dangerous.