According to US media reports, President Donald Trump intends to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, who if confirmed would be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court, AFP reported.
Earlier this week, the president had said that he will announce his pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday. Citing sources close to the process, various media outlets, including The New York Times and CNN, said Trump would nominate Barrett.
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Appointed for the first time in 2017, Barret, 48, is a judge on the seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and is considered a favourite among social conservatives. She is a practising Catholic and law professor.
If elected Barrett will be the only conservative woman in the Supreme Court. The two other women justices, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, are both progressives appointed by former President Barack Obama.
The 48-year-old conservative was a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative pillar of the Supreme Court until his death in February 2016. During her clerkship days the was called “The Conenator” by her colleagues “for destroying flimsy legal arguments,” NPR reported. In law journals, she has professed opinions heavily influenced, according to her critics, by traditional religious values.
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In her 3 years as a federal judge, Barrett has written over 100 opinions and “several telling dissents in which Barrett displayed her clear and consistent conservative bent,” The Associated Press noted of her judicial record.
From guns to abortion and sexual assault on campus to health care, Barrett has shown herself to be a conservative jurist.