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Barrett Vows Judicial Independence During Swearing-In Ceremony

Amy Coney Barrett vowed to remain independent from political pressure and policy preferences and to carry out her duty “without any fear or favor” during a speech shortly after being sworn-in the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court. Barrett said that the confirmation process, while it was rigorous, made clear the fundamental difference between the judicial and legislative branches. “The confirmation process has made ever clearer to me one of the fundamental differences between the federal judiciary and the United States Senate,” Barrett said. “And perhaps the most acute is the role of policy preferences. It is the job of a senator to pursue her policy preferences. In fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside. By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in …