Who are the front-runners that have emerged to fill Ruth Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat?


Team Udayavani, Sep 21, 2020, 3:22 PM IST

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, Sep 18, and President Donald Trump is planning to nominate a replacement within a week.

Recently, Trump  said that he will announce a nominee to replace Ginsburg as soon as this week. However, As reported by Bloomsberg, three front-runners have emerged to replace Ginsrburg, they are Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Amul Thapar.

Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate court judge, has emerged as one of the front-runners to fill the Supreme Court seat after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Barrett would be the youngest justice currently on the Supreme Court. Amy Barrett, 48, was on the shortlist in 2018 to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy when President Donald Trump ultimately selected Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

She served as a clerk for former Judge Antonin Scalia and   trump has spoken favorably of her in the past.

Barbara Lagoa

Barbara Lagoa is the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. If nominated to the nation’s high court by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, she would be the second Latino justice to ever serve.

In 2003, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney, where she worked in the Civil, Major Crimes and Appellate Sections.

As an Assistant United States Attorney, she tried numerous criminal jury trials, including drug conspiracies and Hobbs Act violations. She also handled a significant number of appeals.

Trump nominated Lagoa to serve on 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019. She is married to Paul C. Huck, Jr., an attorney. They have three daughters

Amul Thapar

Indian-American judge Amul Thapar is also one among the top names being considered by US President Donald Trump to replace Ruth Ginsburg

He was born in Detroit to immigrants from India, Raj Thapar and Veena Bhalla. He went to college in Boston, and studied law at University of California, Berkeley. Thapar is a judge on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

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