Justice Amy Coney Barrett argues Supreme Court isn't 'a bunch of partisan hacks'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In the wake of a controversial decision on abortion rights, U. S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett told a crowd of more than 100 here that she doesn't believe the highest court in the land is politically driven.

“My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks,” she told the guests at a Sunday celebration of the 30th anniversary of the opening of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville.

U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett made remarks during a lecture at the McConnell Center held at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Ky. on Sep. 12, 2021. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell looked on at right.

Barrett, who was appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court in 2020, spent much of her talk at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel arguing the court is defined by "judicial philosophies" rather than personal political views.

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"Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties," she said, noting that she identifies as an "originalist" and citing fellow Justice Stephen Breyer as an example of the other main school of thought, "pragmatism."

Barrett cited a number of cases in which the nine justices on the court did not rule along "party lines" — meaning each justice appointed by Republican voting together and each justice appointed by a Democrat doing the same.

"The media, along with hot takes on Twitter, report the results and decisions. … That makes the decision seem results-oriented. It leaves the reader to judge whether the court was right or wrong, based on whether she liked the results of the decision," Barrett said.

"And here's the thing: Sometimes, I don't like the results of my decisions. But it's not my job to decide cases based on the outcome I want."

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was in attendance at the event — in addition to Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, U of L Pres... (Read more)