Amy Barrett
Source: AP File

Amy Coney Barrett is the front runner to replace Justice Ruth after her sad demise. President Donald Trump announced in a rally in North Carolina that the vacant seat will be filled most likely by a woman. He said that the announcement will be made next week.

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He said he does not have the nominee finalized but there are many women in the list.

NBC News reported that Barrett is most likely to assume the position.

The 48-year-old came very close to the Supreme Court in 2018 to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. However, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was selected. She is currently the federal appellate court judge.

According to reports, she is well-respected for her position at the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit based in Chicago. She did well as per the Republicans and defended herself from the allegation that her religious belief would ultimately color her legal judgment.

Amy Coney Barrett said that for a judge it is never appropriate to impose personal views whether arising from faith or anywhere else on the law. She is a devoted catholic and also has opposed abortion. The mother of seven children probably fits in all the prerequisites.

It will be hard to replace someone like Justice Ruth. She was a champion of women’s rights. She was one of the greatest advocates of gender equality. Justice Ruth died of cancer last Friday.

Options other than Amy Coney Barrett

However, the views of Barrett on abortion could be a matter of concern for her selection.

Allison Rushing from North Carolina who is currently a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Council based in Virginia is another name doing around. However, NBC reported that she has an association with Anti-gay groups and that might harm her chances.

As per NBC, Barbara Lagoa based in Appeals Court in Georgia, and Amul Thapar, Appeals court based in Cincinnati are also considered.