Barrett said media coverage of opinions does not capture the deliberative process in decision-making. And she insisted that “philosophies of justice are not the same as political parties.”
“To say the court’s reasoning is flawed is different from saying the court is biased,” said Barrett, whose confirmation was left open for the seat of the court Death of the liberal judiciary Ruth Bader Ginsburg cemented conservative control of the court. “I think we need to evaluate what the court is doing on its own terms.”
Barrett’s comments followed a high profile decision earlier this month in which the court, 5 to 4 votes, declined to step in to prevent the entry into force of a Texas law banning most abortionswhich sparked outrage from abortion rights groups and President Joe Biden.
Barrett was asked about this decision by students who asked and asked questions beforehand Another recent court ruling refusing to block a lower court ruling instructing the Biden administration to reintroduce a Trump-era program informally known as Remain in Mexico. Barrett said it was “inappropriate” to comment on certain cases.
Several advocates of abortion law demonstrated in front of the Hotel Seelbach, where the private event was taking place.
Barrett, 49, also spoke about her introduction to court amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying it was “certainly a different experience.” The court has have been arguing over the phone for more than a year although it was recently announced a return to the courtroom in October.
Barrett described the dish as a “warm, collegial place”. She said that following her confirmation, a colleague brought Halloween candy for her children. The first mother of school-age children on the nine-person court also spoke about the compatibility of work and family.
“I have an important job, but I’m certainly no more important than anyone at the grocery checkout,” said Barrett, describing her relationship with her children – who are not “particularly impressed” with her high profile – helps her in theirs Staying on the ground in “normal life” busy with “carpooling, throwing birthday parties, being bossed around”.
When asked what advice she would give to young women pursuing careers in public service, the judiciary said it wants young women to know that it is possible to have a family and thrive.
Barrett was confirmed by the Senate with 52 votes to 48 last year, just over a month after Ginsburg’s death.
Democrats opposed their nomination, arguing that the process was hasty and that the 2020 presidential winner should have been able to choose Ginsburg’s successor. McConnell’s decision to advance Barrett’s nomination contrasted with the position he took in 2016 when he refused to consider President Barack Obama’s decision to fill the vacant seat of the US administration Judge Antonin Scalia dies in February of the same year. McConnell blocked hearings for then Judge Merrick Garland, who is now Biden’s Attorney General, saying the election should be left to the electorate in an election year.
The talk was given on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the McConnell Center. Founded in 1991, the non-partisan center provides education and scholarship opportunities for students at the University of Louisville. Three other Supreme Court justices, most recently Judge Neil Gorsuch, spoke at the center.