Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Gorsuch sworn in as new US Supreme Court justice

Gorsuch sworn in as new US Supreme Court justice

Trump also acknowledged the magnitude of the moment.

Democrats have said they consider the seat stolen because Republicans refused to act on President Barack Obama's nominee for the court, Judge Merrick Garland, announced just over a year ago.

-Gorsuch joins the ranks of justices who are millionaires. "He was beloved by many, very many, who are here today, and he is deeply missed by all of us".

He showcased a rare domestic victory after a chaotic first few months in office marred by legal troubles over his travel ban, the failure of his effort to repeal the health care law, and intense feuding inside his senior team.

The President boasted with laughter that he got Gorsuch's appointment in the first 100 days of his presidency.

Trump praised Gorsuch, 49, a former appeals court judge from Colorado, as a jurist who will rule "not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law".

Gorsuch is from Colorado, attended Harvard Law School, and clerked for both Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

Markey's comments came the same day Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the high court's newest justice.

For his part, Gorsuch said: " I am humbled by the trust placed in me today.

Slattery said Gorsuch understands how the framers of the Constitution designed the judiciary branch to act and will interpret the nation's laws in such a way.

Gorsuch fills a vacancy left on the bench by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

This was the second of two oaths taken by Supreme Court's newest justice on Monday.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered Gorsuch's first oath taking during a private ceremony in a grand room inside the Supreme Court.

The Senate then confirmed Gorsuch last Friday with a 54-45 vote in favor of his nomination, and he was officially sworn in on Monday. Clarence Thomas was confirmed by a narrow 52-48 margin in 1991, without any attempt by any senator to block the final vote. It saw Senate Republicans trigger the "nuclear option" to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold for all future high court nominees.

Under a rule change enacted last week by the GOP, the minority party will still be able to filibuster Supreme Court nominees, but the majority will only need 51 votes, instead of 60, to end debate.

Mr Gorsuch's appointment comes after a year-long political battle over filling the vacant seat.

In perhaps the most notorious opinion of his judicial career, the so-called "frozen trucker" case, Gorsuch dissented against a majority decision supporting the right of a truck driver, caught in an unexpected blizzard, to disconnect his load and drive his rig to shelter.

Petitions from challengers seeking to have their cases heard in the 2017 term that begins in October include a potpourri of contentious issues, including whether concealed guns can be carried in public, whether states can further restrict voting rights, and whether merchants with religious objections can refuse to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

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