Senate confirms Amy Coney Barret to Supreme Court


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President Donald J. Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, September 26, 2020, who was joined by her husband Jesse Barrett and their children. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Josh Peters, Staff Writer

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in on Oct. 26 by fellow Justice Clarence Thomas at the South Lawn of the White House. She was nominated by Donald Trump and preceded by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Senate confirmed her to the Supreme Court in a 52-48 vote. Barrett will be replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away last month. President Trump has now gained three seats on the Supreme Court.

Nominees once needed 60 votes to be confirmed, but Senator Mitch McConnel changed the standard in 2017 to allow for a simple majority. That move allowed for the confirmation of President Trump’s previous two nominees: Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh

Before and while serving on the federal bench, she has been a Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught civil procedure, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. Also, she served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

According to an analysis by University of Virginia law professors, Barret was the farthest to the right among Seventh Circuit Judges. Compared to the other Seventh Circuit judges, she was more conservative on civil rights issues and less conservative on cases involving employment discrimination, labor, and criminal defendants. Barrett’s rulings on the Seventh Circuit showed that she consistently sided with police and prison guards when accused of excessive force.

Shortly after Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S Supreme Court on Monday, Democrats warned Republicans that they would regret their decision to hold a vote so close to an election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also released a statement criticizing Trump and the GOP Senate for “committing an act of supreme desperation” so close to Election Day.

The Supreme Court said in a release Monday that Barrett will be able to start her new role after Chief Justice John Roberts administers her judicial oath on Tuesday. Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath at Monday’s ceremony.