Crosstalk: September 29, 2020

As promised, President Trump made his nomination to fill the vacant Supreme Court position known on Saturday.  That person is Federal Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett whose nomination hearing is set to begin October 12th.

Joining Jim to discuss news surrounding this nominee was Mat Staver.  Mat is a constitutional attorney, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.  He’s argued before all levels of court including landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mat is an author as well as speaker on the radio programs, Faith and Freedom and Freedom’s Call.

Barrett’s background includes graduating number one in her law school class at Notre Dame as well as acting as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  Also, when she was nominated to the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit,  every clerk sent a letter of support saying how Barrett was qualified to serve on the court.  That’s in spite of those who said they had differences of opinion on some issues.  Mat indicated that every single faculty member of Notre Dame felt the same way, even those whose have differing judicial philosophies.  

Barrett is married and has 7 children, 2 who were adopted from Haiti.  If she gets  through the confirmation hearings, she will be the first person on the Supreme Court to have school age children.

Chuck Schumer and Pat Lahey have said that the American Bar Association evaluation is the ‘gold standard’ by which judicial candidates are judged.  In 2017, a majority of the standing committee of the ABA believed that Barrett was well qualified.  Interestingly, Chuck Schumer is now saying that Barrett is wildly out of the mainstream.

What other attacks have been coming out against her?  Do we have any insight as to how she has rendered certain decisions?  What did callers have to say?  These questions and more are answered when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

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