Gorsuch pledges to be 'servant' of Constitution

Gorsuch pledges to be 'servant' of Constitution

That's what awaits Neil Gorsuch, who joined the Supreme Court on Monday as the "junior justice", the freshman of the nine-member court.

Gorsuch, 49, took his judicial oath in the White House Rose Garden with Trump looking on. "And I got it done in the first 100 days!" he added. Gorsuch should have choked on those words.

The cases regard issues such as gun rights, voting rights, gay rights, as well as the travel ban Trump sought to place on a number of Muslim majority countries. That could mean one or more justices are writing dissents from the court's decision against hearing the case, or that the justices are waiting for Gorsuch's views on the matter. Hailing from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, he is the court's only Westerner. By Gorsuch's logic, the truck driver should have sacrificed his life to save his bosses' cargo. Neil Gorsuch will cement the conservative 5-4 majority on the high court, delivering on a key campaign promise of President Trump.

But the public event at the White House, which was attended by all eight other justices and several conservative activists, was an opportunity for Trump to wring maximum public credit from Gorsuch's confirmation.

There is, of course, no "Scalia seat" in the literal sense. Ties on the Supreme Court leave the lower court's ruling intact. According to that outlet, "on the list is a plea that the court decide whether the Second Amendment grants a right to carry firearms outside the home".

"The DNR's (Missouri Department of Natural Resources) religious exclusion sends a message that Trinity's children are less worthy of protection simply because they play on a playground owned by a church", the group charged.

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Markey castigated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Senate Republicans for invoking the so-called "nuclear option" by lowering the cloture threshold from 60 votes to a simple majority of 51. Then Republicans changed the rules again, electing to eliminate the filibuster rather than attempting to compromise with Democrats.

Gorsuch is the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when confirmed in 1991. To ensure his nomination would be approved, Senate Republicans voted for a rule change that essentially removed the need for bipartisan compromise over any future nominee.

Obama was able to win confirmation of only 22 judges during the final two years of his term, when Republicans controlled the Senate, leaving 50 nominations pending when he left office. A smiling Trump stood behind his nominee.

The impotence of the Democratic Party when it comes to judicial nominations is in sharp contrast to its ferocious militancy on the question of Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

President Trump praised his new appointee. Oral arguments are set for April 19th.

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