Supreme Court Nomination 2017
President Trump has put forward Neil Gorsuch to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The choice follows Senate Republicans’ refusal to consider President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. The new Court is poised to interpret law on pivotal issues – from voting rights, to digital privacy and surveillance, to campaign finance, to the laws that protect minority citizens, and more.
The Supreme Court nominee comes from a long line of lawyers, the most prominent of whom was a compassionate, empathetic leader.
Preserving Americans’ rights and basic constitutional values depends on having justices with the strength and willingness to stand up against serious abuses of power – even if it means rising above usual ideological alliances to reject bad behavior and legal arguments by the White House occupant who named them.
In the last decade, the Supreme Court has issued a series of 5-4 decisions that eviscerated existing campaign finance law. We examine a number of assumptions and assertions the Justices used to justify their decisions, and the post-decision record that contradicts these assumptions.