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Donald Trump names Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court nominee
« on: February 01, 2017, 03:02:01 PM »

US President Donald Trump has announced Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court pick. If confirmed by the Senate, the 49-year-old appeals court judge would swing the court to a conservative-majority position.
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday picked Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of conservative judge Antonin Scalia, who died nearly a year ago.

Appointing the 49-year-old appeals court judge for a life appointment could prove to be one of the Trump administration's most consequential moves, with ramifications that could long outlast the president's time in office. If approved by the Senate, Gorsuch will give conservatives a five-to-four advantage in the court.

Gorsuch, a Colorado native, attended Colombia University and Harvard Law School, and also completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Oxford University. After several years in private practice, he went on to work in George W. Bush's Justice Department for two years before he was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.

"Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support," Trump said, adding that Gorsuch's resume is "as good as it gets."

Gorsuch is considered an "originalist" guided by the belief the constitution should be interpreted based on its original text and meaning.

"I respect ... the fact that in our legal order it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws," Gorsuch said following Trump's announcement. "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."



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