U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s recent remarks about the significant impact of her rulings have stirred controversy. Here’s the full story.
Outside The Bubble
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently opened up about the profound impact of her decisions as a judge, acknowledging the real-world consequences they carry.
Rights and Wrongs
Her remarks come as the Supreme Court begins its new term, set to address crucial issues like transgender rights, gun rights, and potentially cases related to the 2024 election and former President Donald Trump.
Wide Ranging Conversation
The Supreme Court’s new term, which commenced this month, has sparked discussions about significant legal matters on the horizon.
During a conversation at the University of Minnesota Law School with Robert Stein, the former chief operating officer of the American Bar Association, Barrett touched on various topics.
Ups and Downs
When asked about her role on the Supreme Court, Barrett candidly shared her views, stating, “It has its ups and downs…enjoying myself isn’t quite the right word that I would use. But it’s a privilege to serve, and I have no regrets about undertaking the service.”
The New York Times reported that Barrett also delved into her contemplations on past Supreme Court decisions and how she grappled with the profound implications they held, particularly on issues such as the death penalty and disability benefits.
Intellect vs Empathy
She emphasized the need to maintain a balance between intellect and empathy when making decisions, stating, “It’s your head, not your heart that has to make the decisions, but you should never lose sight of the fact that your decisions affect real people, and you should never lose your heart.”
Ethics Would Be Nice
In response to calls for implementing an ethics code for Supreme Court justices, Barrett expressed her support for the idea.
She believes that establishing such a code would facilitate clearer communication with the public regarding the court’s actions.
No Bad Apples
“It would be a good idea for us to do it, particularly so that we can communicate to the public exactly what it is we are doing in a cleaner way,” Barrett stated.
She also reassured that all nine justices are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct in their roles.
Beware Billionaires Bearing Gifts
The push for an ethics code in the Supreme Court gained momentum following reports that Justice Clarence Thomas had received various gifts from billionaire Harlan Crow, including travel on Crow’s private jet for vacations.
Furthermore, Justice Samuel Alito’s connections with hedge fund manager Paul Singer also raised concerns.
The organization MoveOn initiated a petition advocating for a “clear and enforceable code of ethics” within the Supreme Court.
The petition underlines the importance of investigating gifts received by justices, their sources, and their potential connections to court cases.
Who Judges The Judges?
It also calls for inquiries into the justices’ failure to disclose these gifts or recuse themselves when necessary, and in some cases, even impeachment proceedings.
Impeach the Zealot
Barrett’s comments drew some criticism online. One commenter posted “Just another pathological liar. ALL REPUBLICANS ARE. She could care less.”
Another posted simply “Impeach the religious zealot”
Gifts? What Gifts?
Another social media user, alarmed by the purported lack of principles by sitting Supreme Court Judges, posted “All nine justices appear NOT to be very committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct, if news reports of certain behaviors are accurate.”
Others pointed out one glaring omission from the past cases that came before the Supreme Court, with one user commenting “Shouldn’t have lied about not overturning Roe v Wade in your confirmation hearings. Maybe ethics are speaking to your conscience.”
Don’t Question Their Judgement
However, others seemed to support the Supreme Court Judge, with one post reading “People with no understanding of the law and driven by extreme partisanship get to take pot shots at someone who is significantly brighter and more accomplished than they are.”
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