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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is facing senators’ questions for the first time during confirmation hearings. Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Barrett Tuesday morning what she would say in response to those who see her as “a female Scalia.” (Oct. 13)

AP Domestic

A group of 550 Rhodes College alumni have signed a statement affirming fellow alumna and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, whose confirmation hearing began Monday. The letter comes after 1,800 other alumni signed a letter opposing Barrett’s nomination. 

Among the 550 supporters is Antonin Scalia, Rhodes College graduate of 2018 and grandson of the late Justice Antonin Scalia (the name skipped a generation, the grandson explained). Barrett, who clerked for the justice in the 1990s, has called the older Scalia a mentor, whose lessons “still resonate.” 

“His judicial philosophy is mine too: A judge must apply the law as written,” Barrett said during her