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Scalia's legacy looms over the Amy Coney Barrett hearings

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice known for his rigid conservatism and wicked turn of phrase, might appreciate that his specter lurks over the Amy Coney Barrett hearings.

(CNN)Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice known for his rigid conservatism and wicked turn of phrase, might appreciate that his specter lurks over the Amy Coney Barrett hearings.

"I felt like I knew the justice before I ever met him, because I had read so many of his colorful, accessible opinions," Barrett, who clerked for Scalia in 1998 and 1999, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

At the White House on September 26, Barrett said of Scalia, "His judicial philosophy is mine too. "

Scalia's approach was the exact opposite, in fact, of that of pioneering civil rights Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom Barrett would succeed.

Scalia wrote in the 2015 case, "We should start calling this law SCOTUScare," referring to the acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States, as he contended the justices essentially rewrote the law to uphold it.

And now Judge Barrett, a protégé, stands ready to shift the court even more to the right, even more in Scalia's image.

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