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Gorsuch Asks First Questions From High Court Bench

It took him less than 15 minutes to make his voice heard

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch wasn't shy Monday about making his voice heard as he took his seat on the bench for the first time to hear arguments. The new justice took less than 15 minutes before asking questions during an employment discrimination case, the AP reports. Gorsuch and... More »

Neil Gorsuch Gets 3 Grunt Jobs on Court

Get ready for lots of note-taking, justice

(Newser) - New Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has more than weighty legal decisions awaiting. As the junior justice, Gorsuch also has some decidedly lesser responsibilities, and three in particular have been drawing attention, reports Quartz . First, he has to take notes when the panel of nine meets privately to discuss cases,... More »

Gorsuch Takes Seat in Time for Court's Biggest Case

An important church-state case will be argued this month

(Newser) - Neil Gorsuch is now officially a member of the US Supreme Court, and the 49-year-old's impact is expected to be both immediate and long-lasting. Gorsuch officially gets to work on Monday, in time to hear important cases for the current term and to help weigh in on which cases... More »

Gorsuch Takes Oath as 113th Supreme Court Justice

He'll take one more oath in White House ceremony later Monday

(Newser) - Surrounded by family and his new colleagues, Neil Gorsuch has taken the first of two oaths as he prepares to take his place as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, reports the AP . The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is being sworn in Monday after a bruising fight... More »

Men of SCOTUS Interrupt the Women a Lot

Female justices interrupted more often than men, researchers say

(Newser) - Even if there were an equal number of male and female justices on the Supreme Court, a new study suggests the sexes wouldn't have an equal voice. Researchers at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law say female justices simply "do not have an equal opportunity to be heard"... More »

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed for Supreme Court

Senate makes it official

(Newser) - Neil Gorsuch will be the next justice on the Supreme Court. The Senate made it official Friday with a confirmation vote of 54-45, reports the AP . The vote comes after Republicans invoked the controversial "nuclear option" to overcome a Democratic filibuster. Gorsuch, 49, will leave his seat on... More »

Senate Democrat Speaks for 15 Hours Straight

Jeff Merkley spoke out about Neil Gorsuch, but didn't actually delay the vote

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Merkley started talking on the Senate floor at about 6:50pm Tuesday and didn't yield until 10:14am Wednesday. No, it wasn't a filibuster, but the Oregon Democrat was speaking out against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the Hill reports. Merkley, a longtime... More »

Plagiarism Accusations Surface About Gorsuch

Though an author he's accused of copying defends him against the allegation

(Newser) - Senators who oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court might have a little more ammunition to work with this week: Both Politico and BuzzFeed are out with reports suggesting that Gorsuch copied other authors without attribution in his writings, particularly in his 1986 book The Future of Assisted ... More »

Senate Dems Reach Magic Number to Block Gorsuch

41 nays mean GOP would have to resort to 'nuclear option' on filibuster

(Newser) - The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is poised to go nuclear. Senate Democrats now have 41 votes against him, enough to hold up his nomination in the Senate by means of a filibuster, reports the AP . In order to circumvent the filibuster, Republicans would have to change... More »

Nuclear Option Looks Likely in Gorsuch Confirmation Fight

Dems are closing in on 41 votes

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is going to be confirmed one way or another, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed on Sunday —and the Democrats appear ready to have it done the hard way. Senate Democrats are closing in on the 41 votes needed to block the confirmation, making... More »

McConnell: Gorsuch Will Be Confirmed

It's just a question of whether Senate Democrats filibuster, force nuclear option

(Newser) - It's all over but the shouting in the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell tells Fox News Sunday . "Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed," the Senate majority leader said. His next comments seemed to indicate he wouldn't shy away from the... More »

When Did SCOTUS Nominations Get Nasty? In the Beginning

The first president to have a Supreme Court nominee rejected in the Senate: Washington

(Newser) - Merrick Garland never got a hearing, and Neil Gorsuch looks headed for a highly partisan showdown this week that could see the first successful filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee since the 1960s and Senate rules rewritten as Republicans try to put him in the seat that's been empty... More »

Supreme Court Revisits Notorious 1984 Murder

Justices weigh convictions in DC killing of Catherine Fuller

(Newser) - Catherine Fuller, 49, was found dead in a garage near Eighth and H streets in Washington, DC, having been beaten and sodomized with a metal pipe. Eight members of the "Eighth and H Street Crew" were eventually convicted of the Oct. 1, 1984, killing. But lawyers say they might... More »

GOP Struggling to Dodge Gorsuch Filibuster

The 'nuclear option' is looking more likely

(Newser) - Neil Gorsuch is on course to become the first Supreme Court nominee to be successfully filibustered since the 1960s—and potentially the last to be filibustered in American history. The Republicans appear increasingly unlikely to get the eight Democrats' votes they need in the Senate to reach 60 and break... More »

Toner Cartridge SCOTUS Case Is 'Potentially Momentous'

Supreme Court decision will affect much more than just printer toner refills

(Newser) - It might be the sleeper case of the current Supreme Court session: A fight over the seemingly humdrum topic of toner cartridges for printers actually has "potentially momentous importance for modern commerce," per the respected SCOTUSblog . On its surface, the case of Impression Products v. Lexmark International is... More »

Dems Pounce on Gorsuch's 'Frozen Trucker' Ruling

Al Franken says his opinion was 'absurd'

(Newser) - It is being called the "Frozen Trucker" case, and it has sparked debate amid Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. As a federal appeals court judge last year, Gorsuch dissented from a ruling in favor of a trucker fired for abandoning a broken-down trailer in freezing temperatures in... More »

Gorsuch: I 'Would Have Walked Out Door' if Trump Asked This

Supreme Court nominee is sitting down for a day-long hearing

(Newser) - President Trump's Supreme Court nominee sat down with the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday for what is expected to be 10 hours of testimony. Here's what Neil Gorsuch had to say on a wide range of topics during the early portion of the hearing: More »

As Gorsuch Hearing Begins, Ex-Student Levels a Criticism

Supreme Court nominee goes before Senate panel

(Newser) - Judge Neil Gorsuch emphasized "the importance of an independent judiciary" on Monday in opening remarks to a Senate Judiciary Committee bitterly divided over his nomination to the Supreme Court, reports the AP . He also tried to make clear that he's a mainstream judge, per the Washington Post . "... More »

Democrats Face Dilemma as Gorsuch Hearings Begin

Supreme Court showdown starts Monday

(Newser) - Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, begin Monday and Senate Democrats have a tough choice to make: Block the conservative judge's nomination as payback for Republicans' refusal to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland, or vote to confirm him and face the wrath of... More »

Supreme Court Makes Exception on Juror Secrecy

Ruling says deliberations can be disclosed if racial bias helped lead to conviction

(Newser) - Calling racial and ethnic bias "antithetical" to the way a US jury is supposed to work, the Supreme Court took exception Monday to the usual rule that jury deliberations be kept secret, the New York Times reports. The court's 5-3 ruling mandates that state and federal laws meant... More »

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