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This Federal Judge May Be Conservative 'Dream' for Court

Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and mother of 7, is seen as a top contender
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2018 2:32 PM CDT
This 2017 photo provided by the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind., shows Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett is on President Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees.   (University of Notre Dame Law School via AP)

(Newser) – President Trump will announce his next Supreme Court nominee in less than a week, and one name popping up on everybody's short list is Amy Coney Barrett. CBS News, for example, reports that Coney Barrett is one of two leading contenders, along with another federal judge, Brett Kavanaugh. Coney Barrett, who sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, is just 46 and would give Trump an opportunity to leave a long-lasting imprint on the court. She is also a devout Catholic with seven children, and her religious beliefs came up in last year's confirmation hearing for her current post. Coverage:

  • Good bet: Coney Barrett's bio—a young mother of seven, a person of faith, and a former clerk of Antonin Scalia who is "reliably conservative"—surely entices the president, writes Chris Cillizza at CNN. "If you combine Trump's love for making history ... with his emphasis on appearance (the next SCOTUS nominee has to have immaculate academic credentials, yes, but also, the robe simply has to look like she—or he—was born to wear it) then there is a big, flashing red arrow pointing at Coney Barrett."

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