49-year-old Gorsuch to fill vacancy left by death of Antonin Scalia
Donald Trump has chosen Neil Gorsuch – an appeals court judge for the 10th circuit of Colorado – as his pick for the US Supreme Court.
“Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support,” said Trump in the primetime announcement.
Gorsuch is only 49-years-old, making him one of the youngest Supreme Court justices of all time – if confirmed.
Gorsuch is considered a conservative judge, but is said to focus on interpreting the law as written, rather than legislating from the bench by imposing his own policy views.
Said Gorsuch, “It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives. A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.”
Gorsuch is expected to rule from a conservative perspective on the issues of the second amendment, religious freedom, and criminal justice.
Gorsuch has also expressed opposition to assisted-suicide, and supports religious freedom exemptions for corporations – such as the Hobby Lobby case.
While the Democrats have pledged to fight the Gorsuch pick, some Democrats from states won by Trump will face intense pressure to support Gorsuch.
Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the pick:
“Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court,” said Schumer.
Watch: US President Donald Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court
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