After only a week after he took the oath of office to fill the ninth seat on the United States Supreme Court, Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch is already hearing arguments on his first case. And – getting blowback from other judges.
The first case before him? It involved the rights of federal employees who lose their jobs. Within ten minutes of arguments, Gorsuch was actively asking questions and tearing apart old norms on the court. But, he wasn’t exactly being very friendly. In fact, it was the opposite.
When lawyer Chris Landau representing a dismissed Census Bureau worker said that what he was asking wasn’t “breaking any new ground,” and that the entire man’s suit should go forward in federal district court, Gorsuch shocked everyone by calling him a liar.
“No, just to continue to make it up.”
Gorsuch made it known through his questions that he disagreed with previous Supreme Court decisions. He doesn’t think suits against the federal government claiming discrimination should be allowed to continue.
Justice Elena Kagan couldn’t believe what she was hearing, so she called him out in open court:
“This would be kind of a revolution — I mean, to the extent you can have a revolution in this kind of case,” she said, drawing laughter.
During the second case he had in the day, he actually ended up interrupting fellow Justice Sotomayor, for which he then immediately apologized.
He also interrupted the lawyer asking him questions in that case:
“I’m sorry for interrupting, counselor,” Gorsuch said. “If you would just answer my question, I would be grateful.”
Gorsuch appears to be in love with his new found position and lifetime appointment of power. And – he continued his arrogance in a way that left everyone on the court dismayed by his behavior.
He told the lawyer in the second case, “that’s not a trick question.” Then he said, “I’ll let you go,” just before flashing a huge smile on his face for all to see.
Gorsuch knows that the confirmation process is over and done with – he can now act however he wishes. He’s a Supreme Court Justice now. The only way he can ever leave the bench is if commits a heinous crime or dies. At 49 years of age, Gorsuch will most likely remain on the highest court in the land for a long time. And – he’s only just now beginning to implement his extremely conservative views on the court.
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