‘Baptism by fire’ for newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Barrett

Newly confirmed conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces a barrage of politically fraught cases in her first days on the job, as the court weighs election disputes and prepares to hear a challenge to the Obamacare health law. President Donald Trump, who nominated Barrett, has said he expects the court to ultimately decide the result of the election between him and Democrat Joe Biden. Barrett, 48, who will be formally sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday, joins the court with two election issues already awaiting her from key battleground states North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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