Judge Neil Gorsuch Emerges as Leading Contender for Supreme Court
ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process.
Gorsuch, 49, is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by voice vote. He would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in about 25 years.
Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He attended Harvard Law, and has a Ph.D. from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In legal circles, he’s considered a gifted writer. Like Scalia, he’s also both a textualist and an originalist.
Meet Neil Gorsuch, said to be a leading SCOTUS contender
A SCOTUSblog profile of Gorsuch calls the judge “a natural fit for an appointment to the Supreme Court by a Republican president.” The blog sees many parallels between Gorsuch and Scalia.
According to the blog, Gorsuch “is an ardent textualist (like Scalia); he believes criminal laws should be clear and interpreted in favor of defendants even if that hurts government prosecutions (like Scalia); he is skeptical of efforts to purge religious expression from public spaces (like Scalia); he is highly dubious of legislative history (like Scalia); and he is less than enamored of the dormant commerce clause (like Scalia). In fact, some of the parallels can be downright eerie.”
In two high-profile cases, Gorsuch supported a privately held company and nuns who raised religious objections to providing insurance coverage for contraceptives. His positions were at least partly vindicated when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the company and remanded the other case because of a potential compromise