On January 31, President Trump Nominated Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Based on our analysis of Judge Gorsuch’s opinions, the Institute for Free Speech applauds this choice. Judge Gorsuch is a serious, accomplished jurist who will defend a robust First Amendment. To read our full press statement on the nomination, click here.
For a more thorough analysis of Judge Gorsuch’s prior decisions relating to First Amendment jurisprudence, see the seven posts below:
Gorsuch Follows Precedent in Two Retaliation Cases (February 20, 2017)
Gorsuch Joins Opinion Stating Dancing Doesn’t Cause Public Alarm (February 17, 2017)
Powerful Dissent by Supreme Court Nominee in Fourth Amendment Case (February 16, 2017)
Judge Neil Gorsuch: Good Guys, Bad Guys, the Media, and the First Amendment (January 31, 2017)
To determine where President Trump’s potential nominees stood on the First Amendment, the Institute reviewed hundreds of court rulings by the judges on the list released by President Trump as a candidate.
We hope this information proved useful for educating the public and the media on the potential nominees’ record on core First Amendment issues.
If you are interested in the First Amendment records of other judges on Trump’s list of prospective nominees, please see the posts below. It is likely that, during the Trump presidency, another seat on the Supreme Court will become vacant. In such an event, many of the same names are likely to once again be floated for a nomination to the Court.
List of IFS posts on the free speech records of judges not yet nominated to the Supreme Court:
More on Judge Thomas Hardiman’s Views on Free Speech (January 30, 2017)
Judge Joan Larsen’s Record Offers Few Clues about Her Views on Free Speech (January 11, 2017)
Judge Charles Canady in Congress: A Strong but Mixed Pro-Free Speech Record (January 10, 2017)