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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a potential Supreme Court nominee, has defended overturning precedents

WASHINGTON - Judge Amy Coney Barrett, one of President Donald Trump's top candidates for the soon-to-be-open Supreme Court seat, has been unusually frank in her support for overturning precedents that are not in line with the Constitution.

The issue of preserving Supreme Court precedents, a doctrine known as stare decisis, is certain to play a prominent role in the confirmation process. Key senators say they will view a candidate's willingness to reverse previous decisions as an indication that he or she might overturn the landmark 1973 abortion ruling Roe vs. Wade.

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