President Trump, Judge Amy Cockney Barrett, Supreme Court discussed on All Things Considered


It's 3 35. This's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Sasha Fiver in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And I Maudie Cornish, and we have some breaking news on the Supreme Court. A source tells NPR that President Trump is expected to announce federal Judge Amy Cockney Barrett as his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett is recognized as a conservative and at 48 years old would become the youngest justice. If confirmed. This reporting comes from NPR National justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. She joins us now and carry first tell us what more you can about the president's decision. A source of mine with knowledge for the process, as Republicans expect President Trump to choose Amy Cockney Barrett for the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The source also cautions the president could change his mind since he's sometimes idiosyncratic and the White House. Audie declined comment. But the president told reporters on the tarmac at joint base Andrews that he had made a decision. But we have not made our intentions known publicly. We do know That President Trump did not meet with any of the other people on the short list, apparently on Lee met with Amy Cockney Barrett, at least twice. She was at the White House earlier this week. Tell us about her background. Yeah, she's currently on the federal appeals court for the seventh Circuit. She's been on that court for a few years now in President Trump appointed her there before that on E. She was a law professor at Notre Dame. And even before that was one of Justice Antonin Scalia's favorite law clerks of all time. We know that President Trump has called Justice Scalia, his favorite Supreme Court justice, Bharat is a devout Catholic. The mother of seven kids, two of them are adopted from him. He and she has ah, record of writings that are taking a somewhat dim view of abortion and abortion rights in the past. Can you tell us more about what is supposed to happen next in the process? We know. The president says he plans to announce formally his pick on Saturday. That's right. And you know if things go as planned on Saturday, and Amy Cockney Barrett is announced, it'll only be 38 days until the presidential election that is going to be a whiplash. But we're hearing that Republicans very much wants this to happen in the White House and as well as in the Senate Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has made this is, you know a high priority. The nominee could be meeting with senators as early as next week, and Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has been telling people that he might hold hearings as early as the week of October, 12th or October 13th. Graham may want to see Ah, confirmation by the end of October. We also know Audie that the Supreme Court turn starts in early October for it. So for at least a few weeks, the court will be down to eight justices. That's a little complicated If the court hears arguments and deadlocks in 4 to 4 vote it's happened before and sometimes That means that Phil either decide to re here a case with a new justice on the bench or the lower court ruling stands and it's as if the Supreme Court never took up the dispute in the first place. This name isn't a new one. Has there already been some pushback? They're they're absolutely has been just in the last 30 minutes or so my email has blown up groups like demand. Justice, which has vowed to fight anybody that President Trump has nominated for this vacancy is outraged. A number of LGBT Q groups and and other groups have also expressed concern as we know Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, head Decided or said that her most fervent hope was that the next president would choose her replacement. That is not apparently what has come to pass. That's NPR's Carrie Johnson. Thank you for your reporting. Thank you. In Louisville today. The family of Brown, a tailor criticized Kentucky's attorney general for failing to charge any of the three police officers with her death. It was the first time the family has spoken publicly since the G announced a grand jury's findings earlier this week. NPR's Adrian Florido reports from Louisville When Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday that a grand jury had declined to indict the three officers for Taylor's death, he said it made the decision after hearing the evidence. Cameron's office had gathered in the case today, The tailor family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, stood amid flowers, candles and placards at a makeshift memorial for Briana Taylor. In downtown Louisville, Brianna's Taylor entire family. Is heartbroken and be with it as to what their Kentucky attorney General Daniel Cameron, present to the grand jury did he present any evidence Briana Taylor's behalf, Crump spoke surrounded by Briana Taylor's family. Taylors. Aunt Bianca Austin, read a statement from Taylor's mother criticizing the attorney general. I knew he had already chosen to be on the wrong side.

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