Judge Gorsuch: ‘The Independence And Integrity Of The Judiciary Is In My Bones’

JUDGE GORSUCH: “Senator, the independence and integrity of the judiciary is in my bones.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 3/21/17)

DISTINGUISHED LEGAL MINDS: Judge ‘Gorsuch Believes Strongly In The Independence Of The Judicial Branch Of Government,’ ‘He Is Dedicated To The Constitutional Doctrine Of Separation Of Powers And To The Independence Of The Judiciary’

NEAL KATYAL, Former Acting Solicitor General Under President Obama: “His years on the bench reveal a commitment to judicial independence — a record that should give the American people confidence that he will not compromise principle to favor the president who appointed him.” (Neal Katyal, Op-Ed, “Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch,” The New York Times, 1/31/17)

ABA: “Judicial Independence: We close our statement with a few words about judicial independence, not because judicial independence is itself a criterion that we individually evaluate, but because it is a quality essential to measuring integrity, professional competence and judicial demeanor. Our evaluation process provided an excellent opportunity to gain a glimpse at whether Judge Gorsuch is a judge who ascribes to the concept of an independent judiciary. Based on the writings, interviews, and analyses we scrutinized to reach our rating, we discerned that Judge Gorsuch believes strongly in the independence of the judicial branch of government, and we predict that he will be a strong but respectful voice in protecting it.” (“Statement Of Nancy Scott Degan,” American Bar Association, P.18, 3/19/17)

  • ABA: “As one interviewee noted with alacrity, ‘Judge Gorsuch has 'grit,' which he gets from being a multi-generation Westerner.’ Another stated, ‘He is dedicated to the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers and to the independence of the judiciary.’ Yet another observed, ‘In addition to his outstanding academic credentials and brilliant mind, Judge Gorsuch's demeanor and written opinions during his tenure on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals demonstrate that he believes unwaveringly in the rule of law and judicial independence. In my opinion, he is exceptionally well qualified to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.’ We agree.” (“Statement Of Nancy Scott Degan,” American Bar Association, P.18, 3/19/17)

LAWYERS WHO KNOW HIM:He Believes Strongly In The Independence Of The Judiciary’

200+ COLORADO LAWYERS: “As members of the Colorado legal community, we are proud to support the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be our next Supreme Court Justice. We hold a diverse set of political views as Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.We know Judge Gorsuch to be a person of utmost character. He is fair, decent, and honest, both as a judge and a person. His record shows that he believes strongly in the independence of the judiciary. Judge Gorsuch has a well-earned reputation as an excellent jurist. He voted with the majority in 98% of the cases he heard on the Tenth Circuit, a great portion of which were joined by judges appointed by Democratic Presidents.” (CO Lawyers, Letters To Sens. Michael Bennet & Cory Gardner, 2/23/17)

39 Partners And Former Partners Of Gorusch’s Former Law Firm, Including Two Leaders Of The Liberal American Constitution Society: “Neil is not only a good and humble man, he is also an outstanding jurist. We are fully confident that he will decide cases on principled grounds; that he will work tirelessly to get each case right, on its particular merits; that he will be thoughtful about the views of his colleagues, and will deliberate respectfully and productively to reach consensus where that is possible; and that he will demonstrate the integrity and ability that we all saw in our years as his colleagues.” (Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. Partners And Former Partners, Letter To Sens. Grassley And Feinstein, 2/02/2017; “Leadership,” American Constitution Society Website, Accessed 2/07/2017)

JANE NITZE, Obama Administration Attorney & Gorsuch Law Clerk: “He is extraordinarily fair-minded. He will approach each case the same, regardless of the issue or the parties before him, and he will have a great deal of respect for folks on all sides of the ideological spectrum. I worked for the Obama administration. I have to say, I’m 100 percent comfortable with Judge Gorsuch becoming the next Supreme Court justice.” (“I’m 100 Percent Comfortable with Judge Gorsuch,” National Review Online, 2/9/17)

E. DONALD ELLIOTT, Yale Law Professor: “I have known him personally for more than a decade, since he was an attorney in the Justice Department. He is a brilliant mind, but more important he is a kind, sensitive and caring human being. Judge Gorsuch tries very hard to get the law right... [H]e follows the law as best as he can wherever it might lead. Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated in his rulings that he believes the judiciary has a sworn duty to protect individual liberties...” (E. Donald Elliott, Op-Ed, “For Moderate Democrats, Judge Gorsuch Is as Good as It Gets,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/06/2017)

MARCI GLENN, Democrat & Denver Attorney: “He’s smart, he's independent — thank the Lord...” (“Gorsuch Has Conservative Pedigree,” AP, 1/31/17)


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