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Just Hours Before Barrett’s SCOTUS Hearing – The ABA Sends The Senate A Letter Awarding Amy Their “Highest Rating”
By Ben Dutka|October 12, 2020
Just Hours Before Barrett’s SCOTUS Hearing – The ABA Sends The Senate A Letter Awarding Amy Their “Highest Rating”

Today, Judge Amy Coney Barrett officially begins her quest to fill former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat. But some Democrats are hoping it won’t happen.

Barrett, President Trump’s controversial pick, has been heavily scrutinized for weeks. And some left-wing politicians and personalities have wondered if she’s the best-qualified candidate.

Well, the American Bar Associate (ABA) may have answered that question late Sunday night.

Just hours before Barrett’s hearings kicked off, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and ranking member Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

The latter made it clear: Barrett isn’t only qualified, she’s quite well qualified.

And the timing is fortuitous because now, Republicans and other Barrett supporters can point to the ABA’s recommendation and say, “this is why she needs to be on the Supreme Court.”

Via The Daily Wire:

The American Bar Association (ABA) awarded Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett its highest rating ahead of her confirmation hearings beginning this week.

Barrett is a Notre Dame law professor and judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the “official rating” she just received further elevates her in the eyes of many.

Said ABA chairman Randall Noel:

…the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament.

A substantial majority of the standing committee determined that Judge Barrett is ‘Well Qualified,’ and a minority is of the opinion that she is ‘Qualified’ to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

The majority rating represents the Standing Committee’s official rating.

This presents a major hurdle to Democrats who oppose Barrett’s nomination.

For instance, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) previously admitted that the ABA’s judicial ratings are “the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged.”

That’s a top Democrat leader admitting just how much weight the ABA’s highest rating carries.

Interestingly enough, if Barrett gets confirmed, she will be the youngest member of the Supreme Court at only 48 years of age.

And though one could argue that her nomination is a victory for women everywhere, some Democrats have still accused Trump of “court-packing.” They’ve also called for a delay to the hearings.

Even so, they’ve admitted that they probably can’t stop the Senate Republicans in this matter.

It looks more and more likely that Barrett will be confirmed, and perhaps before the presidential election in November. And that could prove to be beneficial to Trump’s campaign.

Key Takeaways:

  • The American Bar Association (ABA) has awarded Judge Amy Coney Barrett it’s highest rating of “Well Qualified” for the Supreme Court position.
  • Even Democrats like Chuck Schumer have confessed that such a rating carries tremendous weight.
  • The rating comes just hours before Barrett’s hearings, and it may help her case.

Source: The Daily Wire

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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