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Supreme Court favorite Amy Barrett thinks politics have no business in the courtroom. Critics aren’t convinced.

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Supreme Court favorite Amy Barrett thinks politics have no business in the courtroom. Critics aren't convinced.

WASHINGTON — Many Republicans have hailed Amy Coney Barrett, a favorite to be President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, as a dream candidate: a relatively young woman of impeccable conservative credentials. The federal circuit court judge believes that life begins at conception . She is a critic of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era health law that Trump wants badly to dismantle. She has upheld restrictive immigration statutes while protecting corporations from lawsuits.

But she has also been consistently against injecting politics in the business of judging, presenting a potential problem for those who see the Supreme Court as a means of achieving ends not possible through legislation. Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is a law professor at Notre Dame University. (Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University/Handout via Reuters) “I would have had no interest in the job if the job was about policymaking and about making policy decisions,” she said last year in an address at conservative Hillsdale College . “If we reduce the courts to mere politics, then why do we need them? We already have politicians,” Barrett added a little later. “Courts are not arenas for politics.”

If she is indeed nominated, and […]

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