Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has a cushy book deal.
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This news from the publishing industry via Politico is quite interesting:
Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s final choice for the Supreme Court, … sold a book – collecting a $ 2 million advance for a book on how judges aren’t supposed to express their personal feelings in the way which they govern, according to three sources in the publishing industry. The figure was “a staggering amount” for a Supreme Court judge and possibly the highest since book contracts won by Clarence Thomas and Sandra Day O’Connor, one of the people added.
You have to understand that most of the people who will come up with a legal bid for a Barrett book are fans of her, Donald Trump, and the cultural conservatism they think she’ll end up bringing to court once she does. will have settled there. Indeed, the reason his appointment was greeted by so many right-wing houzzahs because it was assumed that his “personal feelings” as a practicing Catholic and as a professor at a Catholic university would be put to use on jurisprudence. on abortion, which would potentially make her this fifth critical vote to overthrow Roe deer v. Wade. As Senator Elizabeth Warren observed in The Cut when Barrett was first nominated, Barrett’s “personal feelings” – amplified by the fact that as a woman, she could not be accused of failing. understanding how women view reproductive issues – was precisely why Trump was appointed. her:
[O]worm, and again and again, President Trump has boasted of his intention to appoint judges who would “automatically” overturn Deer …
Barrett is Trump’s ideal candidate to accomplish his plans. In 2006, she signed a newspaper ad calling for the end of Roe deer and calling the decision “barbaric”. She was a member of an anti-choice group while on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. She also criticized the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court’s earlier ruling to uphold the law in the courts. Her position on abortion and other reproductive rights is clear: she believes that women cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies.
Now it is entirely possible that Barrett is using his book as an opportunity to articulate constitutional principles that justify the counterrevolution she is supposed to help bring about, principles which are undoubtedly entirely separate from her “personal feelings”. That legalized abortion is barbaric. But it’s likely that most of her readers would really prefer a good, solid emotional commitment to the anti-abortion cause – and also don’t want to be told about the long-awaited return to pre-.Roe deer the status quo may depend on the right type of case or on certain incremental steps.
Yes, a book claiming objectivity on abortion (if that’s what Barrett produces) would only be a continuation of the dishonesty of Supreme Court candidates – by all accounts – acting as if they don’t. hadn’t really thought about the most heavily discussed and controversial case in the history of constitutional law. Once confirmed, most of them are silent until they actually comment on the relevant cases. Maybe Barrett’s reading contract is actually a big step forward on a book she’ll be writing after she helped to reverse Deer – in which case, she might publish a cookbook or something on her stamp collection and grateful anti-abortion activists would grab it. And at this point, no one would care much whether her “personal feelings” had anything to do with the chore Trump had placed her on court to perform as part of her transactional relationship with the Christian Right.