Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt

Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt

Dan Goldberg, legal director at the progressive Alliance for Justice, said that given Judge Gorsuch's views on religion and his record while on the lower court, it's potentially "very troubling" the impact his vote could have in this case.

Turning to Scalia's widow, he said: "To the Scalia family, I won't ever forget that the seat I inherit today is that of a very, very great man". Gorsuch served as the personal lawyer for mega-billionaire Philip Anschutz, who prevailed on the Bush administration to place Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, setting the stage for his subsequent elevation to the highest court. A sober and fair-minded intellectual committed to the letter of the law and not to his own opinion, Judge Gorsuch is a fitting replacement for the late, great Justice Scalia.

Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court on Monday morning as Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch once clerked, administered the judicial oath of office in a formal Rose Garden ceremony.

Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the 113th justice in the history of the Supreme Court on Monday - but more importantly, as the ninth justice who will bring the court back to full strength after 14 months in the wilderness.

The swearing-in ceremony Monday morning in the Rose Garden of the White House came almost 14 months after the seat was left vacant with the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

President Donald Trump is praising new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch during a public White House ceremony. This gives newly minted Justice Neil Gorsuch a chance to make his mark.

Gorsuch is the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when confirmed in 1991. Senate Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), refused to consider Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee, and they were forced to change the filibuster rule to confirm Trump's nominee after Democrats sought to block a vote on Gorsuch.

Under McConnell's leadership, the Senate previous year refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Scalia, an appointment that would have tilted the court to the left for the first time in decades. But Judge Garland was never even given a hearing, as Senate Republicans refused to allow one. Arguments before the court on the class action securities lawsuit and 12 other cases begin on April 17 and all eyes will be on the new associate justice as he takes the bench. "I have no doubt you will go down as one of the truly great justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court". Gorsuch, who in the past has defended the rights of religious objectors to laws they say violate their beliefs, will vote in a major separation of church and state case from Missouri.

-He's the sixth member of the court who attended Harvard Law School; the other three got their law degrees from Yale. Not only did he keep his Supreme Court justice promise, but his cabinet picks have been awesome.

Scalia had anchored the court's conservative wing for almost three decades before he died in February 2016.

"The court's composition has changed significantly since then, so I think it will be interesting to see how the current court grapples with this question", she said.

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