Trump judicial nominee denies she’d put her faith above the law

Source: The Hill

BY LYDIA WHEELER

President Trump’s nominee to the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals fought back Wednesday against a liberal group’s claims that she would put her religious beliefs above the rule of law if confirmed to a lifetime seat on the federal appeals court.

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett pushed back on a report from the Alliance for Justice that that says she believes a judge “does not have an obligation to faithfully apply the Constitution or laws when she personally disagrees with them.”

“That is not true,” Barrett said when Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) quoted the Alliance for Justice report.

“I totally reject and have rejected throughout my entire career the proposition that the end justifies the means or that a judge should decide cases based on a desire to reach a certain outcome,” she said.

The Alliance for Justice report cites a 1998 law review article that Barrett co-authored. The article states, “we believe that Catholic judges (if they are faithful to the teaching of their church) are morally precluded from enforcing the death penalty. This means that they can neither themselves sentence criminals to death nor enforce jury recommendations of death.”

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