I think I’ll save the political rhetoric for another time. President Donald Trump has chosen proven conservative and strict constitutionalist Neil Gorsuch, who is 49. This pick is probably one of the most important Supreme Court nominations in a long time. Assuming Mr. Gorsuch is confirmed, he has the ability to tip the balance of the United States Supreme Court for decades and decades to come.
He is relatively young for the Supreme Court, only being 49. His confirmation will lead to decades of conservative decisions in the Supreme Court. It is possible that such landmark decisions as abortion and gay marriage could be looked at again by a newly conservative Supreme Court. Mr. Gorsuch will tip the balance to the right 5-4 at the Supreme Court.
His nomination fulfills a campaign promise by the president to nominate a conservative to the court. “I am a man of my word,” said Trump at the announcement.
Lawyers who practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals say he is a popular and approachable judge. He has served as a clerk on the second most important appeals court in the country, in Washington D.C.
SCOTUSblog, the leading Supreme Court blog, wrote the following about Mr. Gorsuch.
He is an ardent textualist (like Scalia); he believes criminal laws should be clear and interpreted in favor of defendants even if that hurts government prosecutions (like Scalia); he is skeptical of efforts to purge religious expression from public spaces (like Scalia); he is highly dubious of legislative history (like Scalia); and he is less than enamored of the dormant commerce clause (like Scalia).
Outside of being a judge, Mr. Gorsuch published a book in 2006 called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, he’s against the practice, and defending the “intrinsic value” of human life. He also wrote for The Law of Judicial Precedent in 2016.