A New Justice and Controversial System

Written by Kildea McMahon, Teah Sargent, and Robbie Showers

In a time of social and political unrest, the addition of a new Supreme Court justice has Americans questioning the reliability of the justice system. The late justice Rut

h Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th, 2020. Her final wish was for her seat to not be filled until a new president was elected.

Donald Trump and the Republican Party called for the seat to be filled immediately, which was followed by uproar from the Democratic Party. Trump swiftly nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law graduate and teacher, who was the runner-up during the previous and controversial Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. With Barrett being appointed, the court now sits at a 6-3 conservative majority.

Sophomore Tanner Vincent expresses his views on Barrett being appointed by saying, “I do not agree with the seat being filled before the election was over for a few reasons. Since a Supreme Court Justices’ term is life long, I believe the people’s choice is very important. That choice is reflected upon the election, more specifically who is elected to positions of power in congress and the presidency. By Donald Trump and the Senate republicans rushing Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, they were not only exploiting the process, but they were also neglecting to allow the people’s voices to be heard through the election, which in the end was not in favor of Trump.”

Many individuals who are opposed to the confirmation say that Barrett’s personal beliefs may impact her judgement when making decisions. However, Senior Peyton Tarrant comments on this concern by saying, “I think it’s unfair to judge someone’s job performance based off of personal matters since just because someone is a certain thing on their own, doesn’t mean they’re unable to perform their job to the best degree. It is about a separation of personal and professional, so based on the way Amy Coney Barrett conducted herself in the hearings, I think she will leave her personal life out of her judicial decisions.”

At her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Barret says, “I am 100% committed to judicial independence from political pressure. So whatever people’s party platforms may be, campaign promises may be, the reason why judges have life tenure is to insulate them from those pressures. So I take my oath seriously, to follow the law, and I am not pre-committed nor would I pre-commit to decide a case in any particular way.”