Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2020 4:47 PM Posted by Katie Barlow
Amy Connie Barrett was sworn in Tuesday morning to become Supreme Court Justice 115, joining the court at a time when the court is being asked to rule on pressing cases related to next week’s presidential election. Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in at a ceremony in the East Conference Room at 1 First Street. Barrett has been sworn in using the Bible that her husband Jesse holds.
The judicial section is the second Two parts Every new justice is required. Judge Clarence Thomas took the oath of office Monday night On the South Lawn of the White House alongside President Donald Trump.
In keeping with tradition, all current court members attended the ceremony, although Judge Stephen Breyer participated remotely from his Massachusetts home, according to a court spokesperson. Breyer is 82 years old, after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Died In September, he now holds the title of Akbar Adalah. A court spokesman said he felt it was safer to attend the ceremony due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The spokesperson said all of those present were wearing masks and noting the social distancing. Roberts made brief opening remarks before taking the judicial oath. Retired Judge Anthony Kennedy attended the ceremony with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, and Thomas’ wife, Virginia “Jenny” Thomas.
Barrett would move to former Ginsburg rooms. Ginsburg had five legal clerks when she died. The liberal judges agreed to take over all of its staff, with two working each for Briar and Sotomayor and one moving into the Kagan rooms.
Barrett will assume her new responsibilities immediately, including her own Cafeteria duties From Kavanaugh as the Freshman Junior Judge. Barrett will also go up to the remote podium next Monday as the court begins the debate session in November, which will be held by phone. The November session includes two of the term’s most popular arguments: Fulton vs. Philadelphia, Which includes the intersection of non-discrimination laws and religious rights, and California vs TexasIt is a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
Even before the court considers these cases, it may need to decide at least two emergency requests related to the election. Disputes over the deadlines for absentee balloting in Pennsylvania And the North Carolina She is currently pending before the judges. It is unclear whether Barrett will cut herself out of electoral litigation, despite pressure from Democratic senators during her appointment hearings to do so. She will have to make a decision to stand down soon, however, as one party to the Pennsylvania case he moved She steps down less than an hour after taking the oath.
Barrett was sworn in as the most recent justice while the court hears urgent election casesAnd the
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