The central question for judges is how to determine the meaning of the law. The constitution is a very old document. Therefore a strict analysis to the text may defeat the larger purposes of a statute. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the presumed next member of the U.S. Supreme Court, has said her approach to constitutional interpretation is a mixture of “originalism” and “textualism.” She believes the Constitution should be interpreted as it was understood when it was ratified an approach trademarked by, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon. Here are my thoughts on how this might look for her in practice.

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