Gorsuch promises to be independent justice

Gives opening statement at confirmation hearing

Tom Puckett
March 20, 2017 - 3:34 pm
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Washington, DC (AP) Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is promising to be independent if confirmed to the high court.

In his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, President Donald Trump's nominee said it is for Congress to make laws, for the executive to enforce them, "and for neutral and independent judges" to apply them.
   

He said that in his decade as a federal appeals court judge he tried to treat all fairly and with respect. He said he has decided cases for disabled students, prisoners and workers alleging civil rights violations.
   

Gorsuch said: "Sometimes, I have ruled against such persons too."
   

He said his decisions never reflected a judgment about the people before me, "only my best judgment about the law and facts at issue in each particular case."

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Opening statement from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

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