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Trump's front runner in the Supreme Court nomination is a devout Catholic and Cuban-American judge


President Donald Trump announced on Saturday night that the Supreme Court candidate he plans to announce next week to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be a woman who highlights two conservative women as his potential choice.

During a campaign rally in North Carolina, Trump stated, "I'm going to propose a candidate this week, it will be a woman." Later, his choice would be a "very talented, very brilliant woman" because "I like women more than." I like men & # 39 ;.

Leaving the White House for the rally, the President identified two women as the front runners: Amy Coney Barrett, 48, of the 7th Circuit in Chicago and Barbara Lagoa, 52, of the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, as possible nominees.

Barrett is a devout Catholic and mother of seven from Indiana. She has adopted two children from Haiti and one birth child with special needs.

She is a member of a Christian group called the People of Praise, which assigns a "maid," a personal advisor, to members to confess personal sins, financial information, and other sensitive information.

The other front runner is Lagoa, a Cuban American from Florida whose parents fled Castro five decades ago. She talked about how much her father longed to become a lawyer but was forced to give up his dream because of the communist leader.

Your nomination has the potential to give Trump a lot of political support in the crucial swing state.

The other five women on Trump's 20-name shortlist are Kate Todd, White House Assistant Attorney; Sarah Pitlyk, US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; Allison Jones Rushing, US Court of Appeals for the fourth circuit; Martha Pacold, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and Bridget Bade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Amy Coney Barrett, 48, mother of seven, including two Haitian adoptions and one with special needs, is the favorite in Trump's Supreme Court election

52-year-old Barbara Lagoa is among the front runners in Trump's Supreme Court nomination. The Cuban American is pictured here with her three daughters and her husband

52-year-old Barbara Lagoa is among the front runners in Trump's Supreme Court nomination. The Cuban American is pictured here with her three daughters and her husband

Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett, mother of seven, now emerges as the front runner after being shortlisted in 2018 for the nomination that eventually went to Brett Kavanaugh. Trump called the judge on the federal appeals court "very highly regarded" when questioned about her Saturday.

Born in New Orleans in 1972, she was the first and only woman to hold a seat in Indiana on the Seventh Court of Appeal.

With five birth children and two adopted children, friends say she is a devoted mother. With just an hour to go before she was elected 7th District Court of Appeals by the U.S. Senate in 2017, Barrett was unable to trick or treat her children.

Your youngest child has Down syndrome.

In 2017, her membership of the small, close-knit Christian group People of Praise caused concern when she was nominated for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The group's ultra-conservative religious tenets helped author Margaret Atwood publish The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale, a story about a religious takeover of U.S. government that is now a hit TV show, according to an interview with the author in 1986 is.

Members of the group swear to one another a lifelong oath of loyalty called a covenant. You will also be assigned and held accountable to a personal advisor who until recently was known as the "head" for men and the "maid" for women.

Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame University who is one of the favorites to vote for Trump's Supreme Court election

Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame University who is among the favorites to vote for Trump's Supreme Court election

People of Praise is a Christian group who believe in speaking in tongues and prophecy

People of Praise is a Christian group who believe in speaking in tongues and prophecy

Elderly People: Amy Coney Barrett's parents Linda Coney, 70, and Michael, 72, are both part of People of Praise, although their mother was previously a "maid".

Elderly People: Amy Coney Barrett's parents Linda Coney, 70, and Michael, 72, are both part of People of Praise, although their mother was previously a "maid".

Coney Barrett has five sisters, three of whom are known to be closely associated with People of Praise, including Carrie Coney Urbanski, 42, and her husband Matt, 45. Other members of Matt's family are also in People of Praise

Coney Barrett has five sisters, three of whom are known to be closely associated with People of Praise, including Carrie Coney Urbanski, 42, and her husband Matt, 45. Other members of Matt's family are also in People of Praise

Members are encouraged to confess to these advisors personal sins, financial information, and other sensitive information, and advisors may report these approvals to the group management team, as appropriate, according to a report from a former member.

The organization itself says the term "handmaid" was a reference to the description of Jesus' mother Mary as "the Lord's handmaid". They said that they recently stopped using the term due to cultural changes and are now using the name "female leaders."

The group believes that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family. However, the heads and maids are there to make important decisions, including who to date or marry, where to live, whether to get a job or buy a house, and how to raise children.

Unmarried members of the group live with married member couples. Members often look for homes near other members.

They believe in prophecy, speak in tongues, and divine healings. Founded in 1971, the company now has an estimated 2,000 members.

Vivian Coney Orthmann, 34, Amy Coney Barrett's youngest sister, and her husband David Orthmann are People of Praise members and live in the Pacific Northwest. His family are also members

Vivian Coney Orthmann, 34, Amy Coney Barrett's youngest sister, and her husband David Orthmann are People of Praise members and live in the Pacific Northwest. His family are also members

Michael Coney Jr., 32, the judge's youngest sibling, and his wife Naomi Caneff Coney, 32, were full-time employees of the group

Michael Coney Jr., 32, the judge's youngest sibling, and his wife Naomi Caneff Coney, 32, were full-time employees of the group

Michael Coney Jr., 32, the judge's youngest sibling, and his wife Naomi Caneff Coney, 32, were full-time employees of the group

At least 10 members of Barrett's family, including their children, are also in the group. Barrett's father, Mike Coney, is a member of the People of Praise's powerful eleven-member board of governors, known as the group's "highest authority". Her mother Linda was also a maid.

The Barrett pictured is a Liberal concern because of her anti-abortion views

The Barrett pictured is a Liberal concern because of her anti-abortion views

According to legal experts, oaths of loyalty such as the one Barrett would have given People of Praise could raise legitimate questions about the independence and impartiality of a nominee.

"These groups can get so exciting that it can be difficult for a person to exercise individual judgment," said Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of constitutional law and history at the University of Pennsylvania.

"I don't think it is discriminatory or religiously hostile to want to know more about your relationship with the group."

However, a leader of the group claimed that they would have no influence on Barrett.

"If and when members hold political, judicial or administrative offices, we certainly wouldn't tell them how to discharge their responsibilities," added Craig S. Lent.

During her professional career, Barrett spent two decades as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, from which she earned her bachelor's and law degrees.

She was named Distinguished Professor of the Year for three years, a title set by the students.

As a former clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, she was nominated by Trump as a member of the 7th Court of Appeals in 2017 and later that year confirmed by the Senate with 55 votes to 43.

At the time, three Democratic Senators backed her nomination: Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Who later lost his re-election bid for 2018, Tim Kaine (Va.) And Joe Manchin (W.Va.), according to The Hill.

She was endorsed by every GOP senator at the time, but did not reveal her relationship with People of Praise, which led to later criticism.

Barrett is highly valued by religious law because of this religious belief.

Pictured Amy Coney Barrett. At least 10 members of Barrett's family, excluding their children, also belong to the People of Praise Christian group

Pictured Amy Coney Barrett. At least 10 members of Barrett's family, excluding their children, also belong to the People of Praise Christian group

However, these beliefs are sure to cause problems with their conformation and are in conflict with the Ginsburg beliefs that they would replace. Axios reported in 2019 that Trump aides said he would "save" Barrett to replace Ginsburg.

Her deep Catholic faith was cited as a major disadvantage by the Democrats during their 2017 retrial for a seat in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

"If you ask whether I take my faith seriously and am a devoted Catholic, I am," Barrett replied during that hearing, "although I would like to stress that my personal church affiliation or religious belief would not affect the dismissal." my duties as a judge. & # 39;

Republicans now believe she did well in her defense during that hearing, so she may be able to do the same when faced with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She is a former member of the "Faculty of Life" of Notre Dame and in 2015 signed a letter to the Catholic Church affirming the "teachings of the Church as truth".

These teachings included the "value of human life from conception to natural death" and the values ​​of marriage and the family based on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman.

She previously wrote that Supreme Court precedents are not sacrosanct. The Liberals have viewed these comments as a threat to Roe v. Wade of 1973, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Barrett wrote that she "agrees with those who say that there is a judicial duty to the Constitution and that it is therefore more legitimate for them to enforce their best understanding of the Constitution than a precedent which they clearly see in conflict with it" .

Other statements of concern for Liberals include their statement that ObamaCare's birth control mandate is "a grave violation of religious freedom."

She has also sided with Trump on immigration.

In a June 2020 case, IndyStar reports that she was the only vote on a three-judge panel that helped federal enforcement of Trump's public immigration law in Illinois.

The law would have prevented immigrants from obtaining legal residence in the United States if they had to rely on public benefits such as grocery stamps or residential vouchers.

She is married to Jesse M. Barrett, a partner at SouthBank Legal in South Bend and a former United States Assistant Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

Newly sworn governor Ron DeSantis stands behind Barbara Lagoa as she speaks after calling her to the Florida Supreme Court in 2019. She could now be a candidate for the Supreme Court

Newly sworn governor Ron DeSantis stands behind Barbara Lagoa as she speaks after calling her to the Florida Supreme Court in 2019. She could now be a candidate for the Supreme Court

Barbara Lagoa

Lagoa, a Cuban American whose parents fled to the United States, was born in Miami in 1967. She grew up in the largely Cuban-American city of Hialeah.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, her parents fled Cuba over five decades ago when the communist dictatorship of Fidel Castro took power.

During the 2019 Miami press conference announcing her appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, she told the crowd that her father would have to give up his "dream of becoming a lawyer" because of Castro.

If Trump's mother of three daughters were nominated to the nation's Supreme Court and ratified by the Senate, she would be the second Latino judiciary to ever serve.

She served on the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals for less than a year after being appointed by Trump and upheld by the Senate with 80-15 votes

Prior to this, she served in her previous position as the first Latina and Cuban American woman on the Florida Supreme Court for less than a year.

Lagoa is considered the protégé of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a close ally of Trump.

Your position in the decisive swing state of Florida could help Trump politically.

Along with her family, Barbara Lagoa, third from left, Governor Ron DeSantis was selected for the Florida Supreme Court in 2019. She is considered a DeSantis protégé

Along with her family, Barbara Lagoa, third from left, Governor Ron DeSantis was selected for the Florida Supreme Court in 2019. She is considered a DeSantis protégé

Pictured are members of the Florida Supreme Court listening to a speech by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Barbara Lagoa is pictured second from right

Pictured are members of the Florida Supreme Court listening to a speech by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Barbara Lagoa is pictured second from right

Last week she voted in a ruling that left hundreds of thousands of Florida offenders who have served their time from voting unless they pay fees and fines owed to the state.

This decision could have a big impact on the presidential race, as Florida is often won by a candidate with razor-thin margins.

"Florida's re-enfranchisement program for offenders is constitutional," wrote Lagoa in a 20-page correspondence, according to USA Today.

"It is up to Florida citizens and their elected lawmakers, not federal judges, to make additional changes to it."

In 2000, Lagoa was one of a dozen mostly honorary attorneys who represented the Miami family of Elián González, a Cuban national embroiled in a heated international custody and immigration controversy.

In 2016, she wrote a statement in the Florida Third District Court of Appeals overturning the conviction of Adonis Losada, a former Univision comic book actor who was sentenced to 153 years in prison for collecting child pornography.

She ruled that a Miami-Dade judge wrongly refused to allow Losada to defend himself in court.

That same month, she became unpopular with free press advocates when she was one of three judges to allow a Miami judge to close a courtroom to the public for an important hearing in a high-profile murder case.

They ruled that public relations related to the machete murder of a student in Homestead could unfairly influence the jury at a future trial.

Lagoa is a graduate of Florida International University and Columbia University Law.

She is a member of the conservative Federal Society, which insists that judges "should say what the law is, not what it should be".

She is married to attorney Paul C. Huck Jr. and her father-in-law is US District Judge Paul Huck.

WHO'S WHO ON TRUMP'S SUPREME COURT SHORTLIST?

REPUBLICAN SENATORS

Ted Cruz, Texas. 49

Josh Hawley, Missouri. 40

Tom Cotton, Arkansas. 43

JUDGE

Bridget Bade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 54

Stuart Kyle Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 48

James Ho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 47

Gregory Katsas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 56

Barbara Lagoa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 52

Carlos Muñiz, Florida Supreme Court. 51

Martha Pacold, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 41

Peter Phipps, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 47

Sarah Pitlyk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. 43

Allison Jones Rushing, U.S. Court of Appeals for the fourth circuit. 38

Lawrence VanDyke, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 47

CURRENT AND FORMER REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS

Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Attorney General. 34

Paul Clement, partner at Kirkland & Ellis, former attorney general. 54

Steven Engel, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Legal Department. 46

Noel Francisco, former US attorney general. 51

Christopher Landau, US Ambassador to Mexico. 56

Kate Todd, White House Assistant Attorney. 45

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