WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate court judge, has emerged as one of the front-runners to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, three sources tell NBC News
Barrett, 48, was on the shortlist in 2018 to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy when President Donald Trump ultimately selected Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The sources note that Barrett has been vetted and is a “known quantity” given her 2017 confirmation to sit on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit based in Chicago.
Republicans thought she performed well in that venue and defended herself against allegations that her religious beliefs would color her legal judgment.
At the time, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told her, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's a concern.”
Barrett responded, "It's never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge's personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law."
Among Barrett’s perceived pluses from a GOP perspective is that she’s well-regarded by the religious right given her ardent opposition to abortion and her devout Catholic faith, she’s a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, She’s a woman — viewed as a prerequisite in replacing the feminist icon Ginsburg — and is also a mother to seven children.
Ginsburg, a lifelong champion of women's rights and a fierce advocate for gender equality, died Friday "surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D. C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer," according to a ... (Read more)
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