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Amy Coney Barrett Says Supreme Court Justices Are Not ‘Partisan Hacks’


Washington – Supreme Court judge Amy Coney Barrett argued on Sunday that the High Court’s rulings are not politically motivated and said she and her colleagues on the court are not a “group of partisan hacks,” according to reports.

Barrett told an audience at a conference hosted by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center that his goal in the speech “is to convince you that this tribunal is not made up of a bunch of partisan hacks.” reported the Courier Journal.

“Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties,” she said, according to the Courier Journal, noting that the court is guided by these judicial philosophies, not political opinions.

Barrett, the newest member of the Supreme Court, said media reports of the court’s opinions and “Twitter hot shots” make the decisions appear “results-oriented.”

“This leaves it to the reader to judge whether the court was right or wrong, depending on whether it liked the results of the decision,” the justice said, adding that it sometimes did not like the results of its decisions, according to the Courier Journal.

Appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Donald Trump after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal anchor of the court, Barrett was narrowly confirmed by the Senate a few days before the 2020 presidential election.

His confirmation raised the Conservative High Court majority to 6-3, and Democrats lambasted Republicans for moving forward with Barrett’s nomination given the proximity of the November election. Minority Senator Mitch McConnell, who founded the McConnell Center in 1991, played a key role in initiating Barrett’s Senate nomination. Following the death of Judge Antonin Scalia in 2016, McConnell opened his seat on the High Court because it was an election year, arguing that voters should decide which president will fill the vacant post.

In his remarks on Sunday, Barrett also spoke about the public perception of the Supreme Court, warning that judges must be “hyper vigilant to ensure that they do not allow personal biases to creep into their decisions, because judges are also people, “according to the Associated Press.

Barrett’s comments came after the Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks pregnant in a late-night 5-4 decision earlier this month. The decision, taken at its so-called “ghost folder”, sparked a backlash from President Biden and other Congressional Democrats, as well as abortion rights groups, who argued that the order effectively overturned Supreme Court precedents on abortion.

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