Make the First Amendment Great Again? Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Views on Free Speech

Make the First Amendment Great Again? Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Views on Free Speech

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 Tackles Thorny Jurisdictional Questions in Important First Amendment Case (February 7, 2017)

Judge Neil Gorsuch Upholds First Amendment Petition Rights in Kansas Tax Dispute Case (January 31, 2017)

Judge Neil Gorsuch: Good Guys, Bad Guys, the Media, and the First Amendment (January 31, 2017)

Judge Neil Gorsuch Writes Sophisticated Concurring Opinion Striking Down Colorado Contribution Limit Disparity (January 17, 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 those analyses here.

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