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The Lookout | April 19, 2021

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Editorial: Justice Barrett is not qualified

Editorial: Justice Barrett is not qualified
  • On October 30, 2020

From The Lookout Staff

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg blindsided our already damaged country on Sept 18.

Ginsberg had made a request that if she were to die during a presidential election year, to wait until after the election to replace her. Despite this, President Donald Trump confirmed his nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, just eight days before the election took place.

The Lookout believes that this confirmation should not have taken place, and that Amy Coney Barrett should not be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

During former President Barack Obama’s time in office, a Supreme Court seat opened up with more than 180 days left until election. Although President Obama waited until after the election to allow the new president to elect a Supreme Court justice, President Donald Trump rushed to ensure that wouldn’t happen this year.

On Oct. 26, following a vote of 52-48 by the Senate, Barrett was confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Besides the obviously rushed confirmation, Barrett is grossly underqualified for her new role.

According to Barrett during her hearing, she submitted over 30 years’ worth of material to the committee to be reviewed: 1,800 pages. This may seem like a lot, but when comparing this to the 170,000 pages submitted for Justice Elena Kagan, 180,000 for Justice Neil Gorsuch, and over a million for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, her number seems extremely small.

This was a good thing for President Donald Trump, as her limited material made it very easy for the committee to review in a short period of time.

This comes as no surprise, however, given that almost the entirety of her professional career has been spent in academia, working as a professor. Until her work on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, she had never worked as a judge, worked in the government as a lawyer, tried a case to verdict, or even argued an appeal.

The Lookout is dismayed to see that someone so underqualified was confirmed into one of the most prestigious and honorable positions in law in the U.S.

Although it was a good decision on Barrett’s part to recuse herself during the recent case brought to Supreme Court over voting, there’s no telling how her recent confirmation will affect the rest of the upcoming major court cases, such as the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade.