by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
She is the newest member of the United States Supreme Court, a trailblazing woman who is about to add another accomplishment to her resume. The Associated Press reports that Justice Amy Coney Barrett has a book deal, confirmed to AP by the head of a Penguin Random House imprint.
Adrian Zackheim, who heads the conservative Sentinel imprint, confirmed Monday that he has an agreement with Barrett. Zackheim declined to provide any additional details beyond saying that the book would not be out this year. Coney Barrett, 49, was approved last fall by the Republican-led Senatejust weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Prior to her nomination by President Trump, I didn’t know much about Barrett. I got to know her doing her October 2020 confirmation hearings and paid close attention when Sen. Lindsay Graham asked her to explain what it means to be an ‘originalist’ and commented that she has been called “a female Scalia.” Barrett clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Here’s how Barrett responded.
This is why I want to read her book. Yes, she’s an originalist. But just as important, she made it clear to Sen. Graham that she is Amy Coney Barrett, not Antonin Scalia, and that even Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Scalia didn’t always agree. I like her independent streak. I like her backbone. There may well come a time when I don’t like how she’s ruled in a case, but I will be able to respect that she came to her position thoughtfully.