Barrett is concerned about the general perception of the Supreme Court


Louisville, Kentucky (AP) — Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett expressed concern on Sunday that the public is more likely to consider the court a partisan body.

In a speech hosted by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, Barrett said, “Because judges are also people, judges are very cautious to prevent personal prejudices from creeping into their decisions. You have to be. “

Introduced by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who founded the center and played a key role in pushing her confirmation on the last days of the Trump administration, Barrett sees the Supreme Court as nonpartisan. I talked in detail about her desire to do it.

Barrett said media coverage did not capture the deliberative process to reach these decisions. She argued that “judicial philosophy is not the same as political parties.”

“A flaw in the court’s rationale is not the same as saying that the court is acting partisan,” Barrett said. Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg of Liberal Justice Conservative control of the court has been consolidated. “I think we need to evaluate what the court is doing on its own terms.”

Barrett’s comment followed a decision that attracted attention earlier this month. The court, with 5-4 votes, refused to intervene to block Texas law prohibiting the entry into force of most abortions., Raised anger from abortion groups and President Joe Biden.

Barrett was asked about the decision by a student who submitted a question in advance. Another recent decision by a court that refused to block a lower court ruling ordering the Biden administration to revive a program from the Trump era known to remain informally in Mexico... Barrett said it was “inappropriate” to comment on a particular case.

Outside the Feelbach Hotel, where the private event was held, several abortion supporters demonstrated.

Barrett, 49, also said that her referral to the court in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic was “certainly another experience.”The court I’ve been listening to discussions over the phone for over a year Recently Announced to return to court in October..

Barrett described the court as a “warm, controversial place.” She said her colleague brought Halloween candies for her children after being confirmed. The first mother of school-aged children in nine courts also talked about the balance between her work and family life.

“I have an important job, but it’s less important than anyone else in the grocery checkout line,” Barrett said with the children “not particularly impressed” with her well-known post. I explained the relationship between. Helps her get into a busy “normal life” with “carpooling, holding birthday parties, ordering”.

When asked what advice to give to young women who want to pursue a career as a civil servant, Justice said he wanted young women to know that it is possible to raise a family and succeed.

Barrett Confirmed by the Senate with 52-48 votes last year, A little over a month after Gimberg’s death.

Democrats opposed her nomination, arguing that the process was rushing and that the winner of the 2020 presidential election could have chosen to replace Gimberg.McConnell’s decision to move forward with Barrett’s nomination was in contrast to his position in 2016 when he refused to consider President Barack Obama’s choice to fill the vacant seats. Judge Antonin Scalia dies in February of that year.. McConnell said he should block the hearing of then-judge Merrick Garland (now Biden’s Attorney General) and let voters make the choice during the election year.

The lecture was held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the McConnell Center. Founded in 1991, the nonpartisan center offers students at the University of Louisville with educational and scholarship opportunities. Three other Supreme Court judges, most recently Neil Gorsuch, spoke at the center.


Hudspeth Blackburn is a corps member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in the local newsroom to report on unreported issues.