Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing

20 March, 2017, 22:11 | Author: Valerie Burke

The nominee himself, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, seemed nearly an afterthought at times, sitting alone at the witness table, occasionally nodding or taking notes, as the 20 members of the Judiciary Committee took turns delivering lengthy and partisan opening statements.

"A fellow Coloradan, Judge Gorsuch is an exceptional jurist who will bring a Western perspective to the Supreme Court".

Democrats could attempt to filibuster the nomination, though Republicans have enough votes to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" of exempting Supreme Court nominees from the filibuster.

Republicans control the Senate 52-48.

Democrats seized on the case of lorry driver Alphonse Maddin.

The most famous modern cases dealing with "substantive rights not expressly enumerated in the text of the Constitution or its amendments" are Griswold v. CT (1965), which recognized a constitutional right to privacy, and Roe v. Wade (1973), which said the right to privacy included "a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy".

He'll also face questions about Grace Hwang, a college professor whose employer wouldn't extend the six months of paid leave she had taken during cancer treatment. Now, Republicans on this committee are guilty of their own 'court un-packing scheme, ' " said Sen. And they say they're troubled by a 2013 opinion that said corporations have religious rights. Blumenthal said he had prepared "tough but respectful" questions for hearings this week.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joked that he was certainly no fan of Trump during the campaign and made the case that Republicans didn't blockade Gorsuch's nomination to allow Trump to make a nomination because a lot of them didn't believe Trump would win last November.

In ducking such questions, Gorsuch will be able to point to what has become known as the "Ginsburg rule".

While C is true for most of us, the universally correct answer is D. You'd be forgiven for not knowing this, though, as Gorsuch has fallen out of the spotlight since the news of his nomination. Doing so, Ginsburg said, "would display disdain for the entire judicial process". "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups, and nominated by a President who lost the popular vote by almost three million votes".

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is promising to be independent if confirmed to the high court. Alito said that "there needs to be a special justification for overruling a prior precedent". "We have no doubt that he'll be the same kind of Justice on the Supreme Court". White, a staunch critic of Roe v. Wade, is famous for his 1986 dissent in Thornburgh v.

President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch in February.

"If you believe this has been a great plan to get a Trump nominee on the court, then you had to believe Trump was going to win to begin with", said Graham. The new push came as the Senate Judiciary Committee today also began their hearings to consider President Trump's pick to the nation's highest court.

The judge, according to Sisk, "argued that because many women left their companies we all knew women who purposefully used their companies".

Republicans have pointed to Gorsuch's pedigree-he graduated alongside Obama from Harvard Law School-and the fact that Democrats approved him easily for a judge position in 2006. Grassley won reelection with 60 percent of the vote. Had Gorsuch made the comments Sisk recalled, Hauptman said, "I would remember - the statements would have greatly upset me".

By and large, Democrats are expected to oppose Gorsuch's confirmation. At 49, he is among the youngest Supreme Court nominees ever and could have a strong presence on the court for decades.

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