Originalist and Episcopalian

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Robert Barnes reports for The Washington Post about President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch for the Supreme Court:

Gorsuch is seen as a less bombastic version of Scalia; he also believes in an “originalist” interpretation of the Constitution and would seem destined to be a solidly conservative vote on the ideologically split court. But friends and supporters describe Gorsuch as being more interested in persuasion than Scalia, who was just as likely to go it alone as to compromise.

… The nominee is an Episcopalian, and would be the court’s only Protestant. There are five Catholic and three Jewish members.

Gorsuch was born in Colorado and lives outside of Boulder with his wife, Louise, whom he met while at Oxford, and two daughters. He is a fan of outdoor sports — fly-fishing and rowing — and said in the speech at Case Western Reserve that he was skiing when he received a phone call with the news of Scalia’s death last February.

… Gorsuch is popular with current Supreme Court justices, and his clerks regularly are hired for a term on the high court, not just by conservatives but also by liberals such as Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Read the rest.

Neil Gorsuch – Of Lions and Bears, Judges and Legislators, and the Legacy of Justice Scalia by Dylan Matthews on Scribd

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