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A Supreme Court Nomination and the Fate of a Nation


By: Giordano Proulx


Following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump, as well as Republican leaders like Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, rushed to find someone to take the now-vacant position. By the next day, Trump already had three women in mind to fill the seat. 


The first was Barbara Lagoa, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida and now Judge at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Lagoa was touted by Trump as being a possible choice for her ties to Florida, a state he needs to hold onyo in order to stave off Democrats in the upcoming election. He even stated, "She's an extraordinary person, I've heard incredible things about her. I don't know her. She's Hispanic and highly respected in Miami. Highly respected." However, after finding out her ties to Jeb Bush, a former campaign adversary in 2016, he quickly dismissed her as a possible choice. 


The second choice, a recommendation by the Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, was 38-year-old Allison Jones Rushing, who sits on the Fourth Circuit in North Carolina. Unfortunately, due to her age and a lack of clarity on a variety of issues including abortion and gun control, he quickly opted for his third choice.

Trump’s final choice was Judge of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Amy Coney Barrett. Coney lauds a strong conservative background and is a devout Christian. In addition, the Notre Dame Law alumna also clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, making her a protégé of sorts for Republicans and conservatives alike. Moreover, Trump touted Barrett as a “a woman of remarkable intellect and character,” also adding that he had followed her track record closely. In the end, the President officially nominated her on Friday night, after having met her only hours prior. 

The nomination to many liberals indicates a grim future ahead, as the Supreme Court would now be tipped even further on the side of conservatives with now holding 6 of the 9 seats going to conservative leaning judges. In addition, with this new court, many are concerned that landmark decisions like Roe v. Wade will be overturned by Barrett, who is pro-life. However, according to Michael W. McConnell, a professor of law at Stanford University, the transformation the court may face in the midst of her appointment is hyperbolized. In fact, he argues that “justices come and go, and the balance of power on the Supreme Court shifts back and forth.” In accordance with such a view, it is wholly possible that the court tips into the favor of Democrats in the future.



Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/26/politics/trump-supreme-court-barrett-lagoa/index.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-lefts-unhealthy-interest-in-amy-coney-barretts-adopted-kids-11601418452

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/29/amy-coney-barrett-wouldnt-transform-court-more-than-any-other-justice/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-barrett-supreme-court-nomination-1.5740604

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/21/politics/amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court/index.htmlhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/world/amy-coney-barrett-legal-opinion-immigration-abortion-1.5740721


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