Notre Dame colleagues call on Amy Coney Barrett to halt Supreme Court confirmation

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Eighty-eight faculty members at the University of Notre Dame have penned an open letter to colleague and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, asking her to halt the confirmation process until after the presidential election.

The group — which does not include any instructors at Notre Dame Law School, where Barrett, 48, teaches — called on her to “take this unprecedented step” in light of three considerations.

“First, voting for the next president is already underway,” the letter read. “According to the United States Election Project, more than seven million people have already cast their ballots, and millions more are likely to vote before election day.

“The rushed nature of your nomination process, which you certainly recognize as an exercise in raw power politics, may effectively deprive the American people of a voice in selecting the next Supreme Court justice.”

Democratic lawmakers have voiced similar objections to President Trump’s decision to nominate Barrett to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just weeks before Election Day.

“Next, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish was that her seat on the court remain open until a new president was installed,” the letter read. “Your nomination just days after Ginsburg’s death was unseemly and a repudiation of her legacy.

“Given your admiration for Justice Ginsburg, we ask that you repair the injury to her memory by calling for a pause in the nomination until the next president is seated.”