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ICYMI: Supporting judges who support the Constitution, not policy outcomes

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ICYMI: Supporting judges who support the Constitution, not policy outcomes

10.12.20 10:25 AM

Americans for Prosperity Vice President of Legal and Judicial Strategy Casey Mattox | The Hill As the hearing to consider the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett gets underway, the American public will hear some senators insist that she should be rejected because of her position on certain public policy issues. Others will say that she should be confirmed because of policy stands on the same issues. Both sides are wrong. … Courts are not a tool to drive a policy or political agenda. Judges are not legislators. A judge who decides cases based on those criteria is antithetical to an independent judiciary. The appropriate role of the courts is simple but significant: follow the Constitution, interpret the law as written, and protect our civil liberties. This is why it’s crucial to confirm qualified, independent-minded judges whose loyalties are to the Constitution and nothing more. … Supreme Court nominations ignite partisan passions. But those passions arise precisely because the courts, and the federal government more generally, are too often not operating according to the constitutional design. That a lone Supreme Court vacancy on what the founders thought was “the least dangerous branch” of government seems so pivotal demonstrates […]

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