As the dust settles over the bitterly partisan confirmation battles over Judge Garland and Justice Gorsuch, there is a large consensus that the Supreme Court is a damaged if not broken institution. Liberal commentators have been speculating, for the first time in 85 years, about the possibility of a Court packing plan the next time… more »
U.S. Supreme Court 2016-17 Term
On March 20, the Senate will begin the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Based on his meetings with a few Senate Democrats, it appears he will be reluctant, like most nominees, to answer any question relating to his specific views on already decided cases or the existing state of the law. This… more »
Professor Fred Smith, in a Feb. 5 Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece, says Democrats should give Judge Neil Gorsuch a respectful and fair hearing. They should, and then they should vote against his confirmation.
The process by which judges are nominated and appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court is a political one, and designed… more »
Given President Trump’s recent (and not so recent) attacks on the federal judiciary, it is not surprising that Justice Stephen Breyer choose to speak out on Saturday (Feb. about the public’s mistaken notion that “we are actually politicians.” Breyer emphasized that the justices go through each case “with an open mind” and that… more »
On Tuesday, federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch took home the red rose when President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The president’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, is not likely to impact the ideological balance on the Court between conservative and liberal justices. After all, nominee Judge Gorsuch would be taking the seat vacated by the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who… more »