Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Image result for neil gorsuchAppeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch

On Tuesday evening, President Trump announced his first Supreme Court nominee.  He chose the 10th court of Appeals Judge Neil M. Gorsuch from Denver, Colorado to become the next supreme court nominee to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia.  He's considered an originalist when it comes to interpreting the Constitution.  President Trump stated he had great legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and has bipartisan support.  Trump announced Gorsuch as his Supreme Court pick in the East Wing of the White House.  Gorsuch, 49, is the youngest member to be chosen for the Supreme Court in 25 years.  Gorsuch would restore the 5-4 split on the Supreme Court bench which would tilt the bench towards a conservative interpretation.  His jurist bent and originalist philosophy mirrors that to Scalia.

Gorsuch is a Colorado native who was in the same class at Harvard University as was former president Barack Obama.  He had a PH.D from Oxford University.  He was a Marshall scholar.  His court opinions are primarily although not exclusively conservative.  He's hasn't written extensively about such moral issues as gay marriage, but he's sided with religious freedom, esp. in the case of Hobby Lobby where they were being coerced to offer their female employees a form of birth control.  This was part of a rule written in Obamacare.  Gorsuch sided on the case of religious freedom in Hobby Lobby's battle. He also told liberals to look to the legislature to achieve their goals instead of the courts. 

 He has a pedigree as a law clerk to both justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.  George W. Bush first appointed Gersuch to the federal bench in 2006.  He is the son of Anne Gorusch Burford, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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