President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court has been heralded by the White House as a distinguished jurist in the tradition of Antonin Scalia, who died last year. Neil M. Gorsuch is currently a judge for the US Court of Appeals. Here follow facts you need to know about Gorsuch as the Senate will soon begin contentious hearings on his suitability to occupy the seat vacated by the deceased Scalia.
1. His Book
Gorsuch wrote “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” a book in which he argued for "retaining the laws banning assisted suicide and euthanasia … based on the idea that all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong."
Gorsuch has never ruled on the issue of abortion during his tenure as a jurist. However, the leftist Democracy Now website says he is an “extreme anti-abortion” proponent.
3. Rare Unanimity
Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate unanimously in 2006 for the U.S. Court of Appeals. Eleven currently serving Democrats in the Senate—including Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen. Timothy Leahy, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein— were in office when Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote, without opposition.
4. His Religion
He is Episcopalian. Gorsuch is married and has two daughters. His wife Marie Louise was his college sweetheart.
5. His Mother and the EPA
Gorsuch’s mother, the late Anne Gorsuch Buford, was EPA Director during the Reagan administration and was known for slashing agency budgets.
6. Email Searches
Gorsuch wrote an opinion in United States v. Ackerman, 831 F.3d 1292 (10th Cir. 2016), which determined that government accessing a person's emails constitutes a "search" under the revitalized property rights trespass test articulated by Justice Scalia in United States v. Jones, 132 S.Ct. 945 (2012).
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