UPDATED 11:34 AM PT – Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett recently dismissed comparisons between her and her mentor, late Justice Antonin Scalia.
During her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Judge Barrett what she would say to critics who argue she would rule just like Scalia would. She responded by stating she would rely on the statutes at hand when making decisions and not the legacy of Scalia.
“I would say that Justice Scalia was obviously a mentor and as I said when I accepted the President’s nomination, his philosophy is mine too, you know, he was a very eloquent defender of originalism,” she explained. “And that was also true of textualism, which is the way I approach statues and their interpretation.”
Only a day and a half into Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation hearing and it’s already clear:
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Barrett also said judges can’t wake up one day, decide they have an agenda and then impose their will on the world. She added, “you have to wait for cases and controversies.”
“Similarly to what I just said about originalism for contextualism, the judge (Scalia) approaches the text as it was written with the meaning it had at the time and doesn’t infringe your own meaning,” she continued. “But I want to be careful to say that if I’m confirmed you would not be getting Justice Scalia, you would be getting Justice Barrett.”