When President Trump announces his pick for a new Supreme Court justice Monday, one local expert predicts a more moderate choice, not a hard core one.

When President Trump announces his pick for a new Supreme Court justice Monday, one local expert predicts a more moderate choice, not a hard core one.

Speculation has been flying that the President is poised to select Appeals Court Judge Amy Barrett who has gotten high marks from conservatives.

"Trump may like what he hears. He might also want to be able to say that he was the first President that put a conservative woman on the United States Supreme Court," explained retired New York Supreme Court Judge Joseph Valentino.

Valentino says Judge Barrett who was just confirmed less than a year ago is the least experienced of the four selections considered most likely to be Trump's favorites.

Valentino explained that she and Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be strong conservative choices.

Another contender Judge Raymond Kethlidge made headlines blasting the IRS over its treatment of tea party groups. But Valentino says a late addition to the final four, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hardiman comes off as more moderate on some issues and could have the edge.

"Justice Kavanaugh has the most experience but Justice Hardiman is the one that will get through the Senate more easily and he would bring better legal mind to the United States or in court than all four," Valentino told News10NBC.

Hardiman could also have one important advocate.

He served with Judge Maryanne Barry, President Trump's sister.

The President is predicting he'll announce his pick for the Supreme Court Monday at 9 p.m.