GEORGE DUNLAP, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020. A good friend, of mine, from my days at Bowling Green State University, has a daughter who was a student of Amy Coney Barrett, from her days at Notre Dame Law School. She has opened my eyes to this smart Catholic woman, mother and Judge. Patrick Deneen tells us so much about the Judge.
Amy Coney Barrett is my neighbor and friend. This fact, along with my complete lack of familiarity or expertise in her scholarly and judicial work, gives me no special insight into how she will adjudicate as a justice of the Supreme Court, assuming she is confirmed by the Senate.
But neither does anyone else know how she will adjudicate—quite possibly, not even Judge Barrett herself. The fact is, even her closest friends, and experts with the most advanced knowledge of her legal and judicial writings, have no special insight into how she will eventually rule in some of the most contested cases likely to come before the Court in future years. In coming days and weeks, we will be subjected to competing narratives over Judge Barrett’s judicial philosophy, presented with confident certainty about how she will decide cases in light of previous writings and decisions. Color me skeptical over what the experts tell us to expect.Continue reading