Judge Neil Gorsuch takes the first of two oaths today as he prepares to take on the Supreme Court seat and bring back a conservative majority. This marks the biggest triumph so far for the new administration in light of current events on the international scene.
This tenure appointment reinstates the 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court which was one of Trump’s campaign promises. The 49-year-old Gorsuch is the youngest Supreme Court Nominee since George H. W. Bush in 1991 picked Clarence Thomas who was 43 at the time. Gorsuch3 is expected to serve for decades to come while President Trump may make further appointments to increase the conservative majority considering three of the current justices are 78 and older.
The first one will be private, which is against the norm and will be held in the high court’s Justice’s conference room where Chief Justice John Roberts is going to administer the oath as constitutionally prescribed. That will be followed by another public ceremony which will take place at the White House.
This will be an interesting depiction of history in the making considering the second ceremony will be presided by Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Gorsuch4 worked under as a clerk.
A sitting justice has never before sworn in a former clerk to become a colleague on the Supreme Court bench. He replaces the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was one of the court’s conservative members for almost 30 years before his sudden death in February last year. By dominating Gorsuch5, Trump claims he fulfilled a campaign promise to pick someone that would fall into the mold of Scalia.
During the past 11 years on the federal appeals court in Denver, Gorsuch6 utilized a similar original approach to the law by as Scalia. He interpreted the constitution according to the meaning understood by the forefathers of this nation. However, his path to the seat this year has been if anything eventful.
This saw the Senate trigger the option to eliminate the 60 vote filibuster threshold for all future high court nominees. Most of the Democrats refused to support Gorsuch7 as payback for the Republican blockage last year of former President Obama’s pick for the same seat, Merrick Garland.
Hitting the ground running
When he is sworn in Gorsuch8 may prepare for the next round of oral arguments as of April 17 at the court.
He is also meant to participate in the private conference taking place on Thursday to consider taking on new cases. There are appeals pending on the expansion of gun rights which are the inclusion of carrying concealed firearms in public, state voting restrictions which critics claim are aimed at the reduction of the minority turnout and allowing the business owners to object because of religious reasons to giving the LGBT community particular services.
Gorsuch9 may play a critical role in particular scenarios on which his new colleagues may have been previously split and so did not yet decide. These cases may have to be redone in the next term of the court which is going to commence in October.