Justice Amy Coney Barrett issues first majority SCOTUS opinion

Despite facing a contentious vetting process in which she was subjected to attacks on her character, her faith, and even her family, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to become an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court late last year following her nomination by then-President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, Justice Coney Barrett delivered her first-ever majority (7-2) opinion at the high court, rejecting arguments made by the Sierra Club in a dispute over access to federal government records, as the Associated Press reported.

Court watchers noted that the assignment of this case to Barrett as her first written majority opinion represented a bit of a break from tradition. Typically, newcomers to the court are given a case in which the court has ruled unanimously, as was true of the initial opinions authored by Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Sonia Sotomayor.

The majority opinion, from which Justices Stephen Breyer and Sotomayor dissented, limited the ability of environmental groups such as the Sierra Club to obtain government records via the Freedom of Information Act, according to Bloomberg.

The dispute at issue involved a change proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that would regulate structures that utilize water as a means to cool industrial equipment. The Sierra Club sought drafts of opinions issued by other agencies discussing the possible effects on endangered species, Bloomberg further noted.

According to the majority opinion in the case, the government is not bound to release documents that articulate merely the “preliminary thinking” of an agency, even if those positions are eventually part of its final position.

Some observers noted that the majority opinion in the case, drafted by Justice Breyer of the court’s liberal wing, does not utilize the traditional closing language of “I respectfully disssent,” instead reading simply, “I dissent.” Whether this distinction might be an indication of personal animus against the majority opinion’s author or simply a sharp disagreement on the legal issue presented is unknown.

Throughout her journey to confirmation on the high court, Coney Barrett stood strong in the face of harsh condemnation from liberal groups such as Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women, which hyperbolically claimed she would “turn back the clock on equality,” and characterized her nomination as a “particular insult to the legacy of Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg.

Fortunately, Coney Barrett’s impeccable reputation as a legal scholar, jurist, and human being won the day, with former colleague and outspoken liberal Harvard law professor Noah Feldman contradicting her critics on the left by predicting that Barrett would indeed “be a good justice, maybe even a great one – even if I disagree with her all the way.”

 
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  14. FINE SHE DID SOMETHING GOOD!!, BUT NOW SHE AND ALL THE OTHERS THAT OUR REAL PRESIDENT TRUMP FOUGHT HARD FOR THEM NEED TO START HEARING ALL THE ELECTION FRAUD CASES!!! SO WE CAN GET THIS CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION OUT!!!!!!!!!! THEN WE CAN REALLY SAY WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH COURT THAT IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. PEOPLE WE have to stop electing any DEMO–C–RAT from the WEST COAST & NORTH EAST COAST to any Govt. office anywhere in USA !!! They have proved all the REASONS WHY we should NOT !!! WE THE PEOPLE have been called several nasty names ,plus the new one JOKER O’BIDEN labeled us as,”” NEANDERTHAL”” !!! WOW !!! And they call us all those names while they HIDE BEHIND all their LIES, DECIET, &HATE !!!

  16. I agree with Mrs. Barrett, despite what the do-nothing democrats say, want, feel, think, or do.
    This is supposed to be we the people not we the government, like sleepy Joe wants it and little nancy wants it

  17. Rhe Supreme Court could have protected election integrity but Roberts chose to drop the ball. Roberts, worst Justice ever.

  18. SICK TO DEATH OF ALL THIS! NOBODY CAN DO ANYTHING IT CERTAINLY SEEMS SO. MY TAX MONEY PAYING THESE PEOPLE FOR DOING BAD THINGS.
    ITS INSANE!

  19. We should defund the FBI AND CIA! Cut their pay if they fail to follow the Constitution laws. Same gone with Congress failing to follow the Constitution laws should disbarred you from holding a Congress seat!

  20. I’m ashamed of Biden and the people that put the senile old man in there. Just look at what he is doing to us the American people. Gas is going up faster than a air balloon, people from other countries pouring over the border that is sick with cOVID-19. But do they care nope they don’t and that just a couple things. I’m just sick over this.

  21. I have lost all respect for the justice system in America, now we have a person that is demented in office because no one would listen to President Trump or his lawyers. This person that is in the WH has no idea where he’s at or what is going on, People lied to him and told him he won the election and won by the biggest margin ever.
    He can’t beat pee wee Herman let alone President Trump.
    Now this Person has killed jobs, pipeline, and worst of all is letting illegals in our country by the thousands, we do have a law that for bids this to happen, he’s has put America and the people in danger. He does not follow the law by the way.
    I’m a shamed of the SCOUTS, it was there job to correct this problem with the election. But they for some reason sided with the Democrats and say that demented person has won.
    I hope they sleep well .

  22. This needed to be addressed, however, there are much bigger issues SCOTUS should be addressing as part three of our system of checks and balances. They are supposed to be ensuring all actions taken by the executive and legislative branches conform to our Constitution. I believe that our president and our Congress are violating our Constitution in so many ways yet we don’t hear of any judicial actions to stop or negate those violations. If they aren’t going do do their job they should step down as they are no longer working in the best interests of America and her citizens.

    1. who are you referring to as “our president”.? do you mean the pResident occupying the whitehouse as we speak? he is not OUR president. he was foisted upon us by a very well organized voter fraud group. he just happens to call 1600 Pennsylvania ave his residence for a short time. soon he will be calling a rest home his permanent address. every day he wakes up and asks DR, JUNIOR COLLEGE, per his own words, “WHERE THE HELL ARE WE????

  23. Right and where was the conservative supreme court justices when asked to consider voter fraud, seems to me that issue was just to hot of a potato, God bless 45

  24. Where was she when the voting scam was brought before the court??? That was far worse than the Sierra Club nonsense.

    1. As I understand it, she was not to rule on issues brought to the SC prior to her induction. So her vote was technically not legit prior to the Election.

  25. Amy Barrett browning is very, very bright and knows the law and the constitution!!!!!! I am very happy she is a Supreme Court justice. !!!!!!!! May God bless her always!!!!!

    1. The Constitution she knows has been usurped by the government for the purpose of increasing the government’s power over citizens and the states. She knows better but is a trained lawyer not a pure Constitutional scholar? If the Republic is to be kept we must restore the limits inside the Four corners?

  26. I agree with banacek. I don’t trust anyone in our court system anymore. Or our DOJ, SCOTUS, CIA and FBI. They have lost their nerve to do the right thing.

    1. Everyone of them are in bed with the Left Dems, and are supporting the destruction of America. They are all lining their pockets while the American people suffer! That is what happened in Russia prior to the Russian Revolution in 1917.

  27. I have very little confidence in the SC, the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department, and the entire brain trust housed within the White House to do the right thing.

    1. The SC already had their chance to make things interesting. Instead, they weaseled out of their responsibility.

      1. Back to 1780s and John Marshall usurping the Constitution in Marbury V Madison and McCulloch V Maryland where he created out of the fog of DC – inside the four corners of the Constitution has no such ability to do? Article III contains no such powers? They lie cheat and steal from the people?

    2. I knew she would be a good Supreme Court Justice. I thank God she is in our Supreme Court. She will follow the law as it is written.

    3. Be nice if the Republicans could get a break, think Roberts is a Dem. or to scared to vote for good things on the rep. Side. Guess he is afraid of pelosi and blm, antifa, amazing.

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