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Justice for all: Gorsuch is an outstanding choice

February 02. 2017 12:59AM

Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch is an excellent choice to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, and fulfills President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to pick a worthy successor to Justice Antonin Scalia.

Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, and in 10 years on the bench has impressed legal scholars with his sharp writing and commitment to interpreting the law as it is written, not as he would wish it to be.

“A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands,” Gorsuch said in accepting the nomination at the White House Tuesday evening.

That statement gets to the heart of the divide between conservatives and liberals. Scalia, who Gorsuch described as “a lion,” believed in sticking to the text of a statute, even when the judge might disagree with the legislature.

Liberal interest groups are lining up against Gorsuch, arguing that he sides with employers over employees. But Gorsuch has always sided with the law. He refuses to bend the law in favor of sympathetic plaintiffs making groundless claims.

Democrats are still angry over the Republicans’ decision to set aside President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland last year. Their frustration is understandable, but it does not justify a filibuster.

Neil Gorsuch would be a stellar addition to the court, and we endorse his confirmation.

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