Oct. 14: “Barrett won’t commit to recusal in vote cases”

by Lisa Mascaro, Mark Sherman and Mary Clare Jaionick of the Associated Press under the USA Today banner

Does that seem like a strange heading for an article on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation hearings? Does it sound unbiased?

“She declined to say whether she would recuse herself from any election-related cases involving President Trump,…”

The article states that “Trump has said he wants a full nine member court in place for any disputes arising…”. Is that a bad thing for him to want. There are an odd number of judges on the Supreme Court so it will be unlikely that the outcome on any cases would be a tie. We actually want the Supreme Court to come to a conclusion. So if Amy is confirmed and recuses herself, we’ll only have eight members on the court and the court could dead lock on any case.

This is the main topic of the article’s second paragraph. But why is the question only being asked of Amy? If she is confirmed before the election she will be one of three judges who will have been appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump. Should all of them be asked to recuse themselves? And judges Sotomayor and Kagan were nominated when Biden was Vice President so should they recuse themselves too. So if Amy Coney Barrett should recuse herself, why not the other four who were nominated while the current Presidential candidates were in office. That would just leave four justices to make the decision!

We hope that presidents nominate individuals who, once they are confirmed, will make decisions based on what the Constitution says about the case. If that’s the case, then why would we suspect Amy Coney Barrett wouldn’t vote based the facts? Is it because she was nominated by President Trump? Or because she is a conservative?

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