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AG Schmidt backs Trump Supreme Court pick

Judge Amy Coney Barrett smiles as President Donald Trump announces her as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Judge Amy Coney Barrett smiles as President Donald Trump announces her as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)(Alex Brandon | AP)
Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:21 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Attorney General Derek Schmidt is backing confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says senators should take swift action to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Schmidt said he joined 21 other state attorneys general in sending a letter of support for Judge Barrett to Senate leaders of both political parties. He said the letter highlighted Barrett’s bipartisan support, including the backing of 49 fellow Notre Dame law professors and over 450 former students when she was nominated and confirmed to her current position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

According to Schmidt, the letter also focused on the fact that since 1900, six justices have been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court during election years, including Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was unanimously confirmed in the final year of the Reagan Administration only about two months after being nominated.

“Some have voiced concern that the senators of the 116th Congress will not have enough time to adequately consider Judge Barrett’s qualifications. History and precedent show that to be untrue,” Schmidt and the attorneys general wrote. “We are confident that the Senate will need little time to conclude that Judge Barrett will make an excellent Associate Justice.”

AG Schmidt, who has argued three cases for Kansas before the U.S. Supreme Court, said Barrett’s approach to judging is a “judicial philosophy that prioritizes restraint, humility and a respect for the rule of law." He also said she would better balance the Court.

Schmidt also noted that the increased geographical and intellectual diversity she would bring to the Court from the industrial Midwest and that she would be the only justice to study law somewhere other than Harvard or Yale. He said Barret graduated first in her class at Notre Dame School of Law which makes her highly qualified.

“As the chief legal officers of our states, we have an obligation to our citizens to ensure that the federal government respects the principles of federalism and separation of powers embodied in the United States Constitution,” Schmidt and the others wrote. “As guardians of the Constitution, Supreme Court Justices bear a special responsibility to prevent the other branches of the federal government from encroaching on individual liberties and the states' power to provide for the health, education, and welfare of their people.”

A copy of the full letter can be found here.

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