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Barrett to praise Scalia in opening hearing statement, say court should not make policy

- FOX NEWS - Oct 12, 2020 -

Evie Fordham -

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, meets with Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, not shown, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at the Capitol in Washington. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett's contentious confirmation process starts Monday

Judge Amy Coney Barrett will praise her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and emphasize her belief that it is not the job of the Supreme Court to create policy in the text of her opening statement obtained by Fox News.

"Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society," Barrett's opening statement reads. "But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People."


Barrett will also talk about how philosophies about not only the law but family and purpose were shaped by Scalia.

"Justice Scalia taught me more than just law," her statement reads. "He was devoted to his family, resolute in his beliefs, and fearless of criticism. And as I embarked on my own legal career, I resolved to maintain that same perspective. There is a tendency in our profession to treat the practice of law as all-consuming, while losing sight of everything else. But that makes for a shallow and unfulfilling life."

Barrett, a mother of seven, will thank her husband Jesse Barrett and joke about being "used to being in a group of nine." She will also praise the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose seat she may take.

"When I was 21 years old and just beginning my career, Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat in this seat," Barrett's opening remarks say. "She told the Committee, 'What has become of me could only happen in America.' I have been nominated to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat, but no one will ever take her place. I will be forever grateful for the path she marked and the life she led."


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