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Senators weigh COVID risk for Barrett Supreme Court hearing


October 12, 2020

Manuel Balce Ceneta – Associated Press

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett listens during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barrett's confirmation hearings begin Monday morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett vows to be a justice "fearless of criticism" as the split Senate charges ahead with confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump's pick to cement a conservative court majority before Election Day.

Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, draws on faith and family in her prepared opening remarks for the hearings, which begin Monday as the country is in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic. She says courts "should not try" to make policy, and believes she would bring "a few new perspectives" as the first mother of school-age children on the nine-member court.

Trump chose the 48-year-old judge after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon.


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