Notable dissents from Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Notable dissents from Judge Amy Coney Barrett

If confirmed, Barrett, a conservative jurist appointed by Trump in 2017 to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, will certainly tilt the high court further rightward for years to come. In 2019, Barrett dissented alone when a 7th Circuit panel majority rejected a Second Amendment challenge from a man found guilty of felony mail fraud and prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal and Wisconsin law. "History is consistent with common sense: it demonstrates that legislatures have the power to prohibit dangerous people from possessing guns," she wrote in Kanter v. Barr, applying an originalist approach that looked to the 18th-century intentions. "But that power extends only to people who are dangerous. Founding legislatures did not strip felons of the right to bear arms simply because of their status as felons." Barrett concluded, "Holding that the ban is constitutional … does not put the government through its paces, but instead treats the Second Amendment as a second-class right." In June, Barrett dissented as a 7th Circuit panel left intact a US district court decision temporarily blocking a Trump policy that disadvantaged green card applicants who apply for any public assistance. In dispute were federal immigration regulations regarding when an applicant would be deemed a "public charge" and ineligible for permanent status in the US. In her dissent, Barrett wrote that the Trump administration’s interpretation of the relevant "public charge" law was not "unreasonable." Trump set to name Supreme Court pick as he sows fears of election chaos "At […]

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