Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Why You Won't Learn Much From Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation Hearing

Why You Won't Learn Much From Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation Hearing

But Blumenthal said he needed to be more critical of the president, who referred to an earlier judge who had blocked his travel ban a "so-called" judge who had "put our country in peril".

JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH: Justice Scalia was a lion of the law.

Hauptman added that the conversations in their class "were always respectful and cordial". Hauptman wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee with his account on Sunday.

"These days we sometimes hear judges cynically described as politicians in robes, seeking to enforce their own politics rather than striving to apply the law impartially". At 49, he is among the youngest Supreme Court nominees ever and could have a strong presence on the court for decades. What we don't know is 1) whether the Democrats ask him challenging questions, and 2) whether they'll let him get away with not answering them. "Some of us have experienced it professionally on occasion", they write. Gorsuch is from Colorado and has worked as a judge on the Tenth Circuit since he was confirmed in 2006. If senators choose to make remarks at the hearing - a virtual certainty for Cruz - let's hope they not only champion the judiciary but explain its role to those who possibly don't grasp or understand its significance.

Law professors often ask provocative questions in the course of teaching.

JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH: "What about our criminal justice system?" you might ask. "This was second-to-last class, hadn't been the style he had been using to sort of raise issues all class, or all semester". She continued, "He kept bringing it back to that this was women taking advantage of their companies, that this was a woman's issue, a woman's problem with having children and disadvantaging their companies by doing that". The Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants due to pregnancy or plans to become pregnant but does not prevent companies from asking.

Gorsuch will begin to take questions Tuesday morning.

Gardner says he will support Gorsuch's confirmation.

What to look for: Democrats will be voting against Gorsuch, en masse, but they won't necessarilysay as much during the opening statements. Sisk did not follow up with the school about whether those conversations happened. "I really think our system requires and demands that you do it publicly and explicitly and directly".

"It seemed to me that was in the past", Sisk said. She then outlined her concerns with some of Gorsuch's past writings that hinted he opposed Roe v. Wade, calling the case a "super precedent" that legalized abortion and gave women a right to privacy.

It is clear to me through both our conversation and thorough examination of his record that Judge Gorsuch will decide cases fairly based on our Constitution and laws. He uses Twitter and campaign speeches to erode one of the very foundations of our democracy - an independent judiciary as a check on executive overreach.

Ms Perry mentioned that was not the case with Justice David Souter was seen as a "stealth nominee" because of his lack of federal judicial experience and absence of many published legal opinions.

So it is illegal for an employer to "protect the company" by treating women applicants differently because they intend to have a family.

Blumenthal said it was not "idle speculation" to suggest the Supreme Court might be asked to enforce a subpoena against Trump, citing FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress on Monday confirming an ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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