Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trump Picks Conservative Judge 'To Tip Supreme Court to the Right'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trump Picks Conservative Judge 'To Tip Supreme Court to the Right'

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Byline: David Gardner US Correspondent

PRESIDENT Donald Trump made his latest bid to stamp his doctrine on America by nominating conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Supreme Court justice.

Democrat politicians were poised to oppose the Harvard and Oxfordeducated judge's appointment, which must be approved by the Senate.

Mr Gorsuch, 49, is the youngest judge to be nominated to the Supreme Court in 25 years and could potentially be shaping US law for decades because the position is for life.

The court has the final word on many sensitive US issues including abortion and gun control. It rules on disputes between states and the federal government and considers final appeals to halt executions. Judge Gorsuch would fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia a year ago.

Mr Trump said his pick had a "superb intellect, an unparalleled legal education, and a commitment to interpreting the constitution according to text. Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and has earned bipartisan support."

Protests against Mr Trump's choice were held outside the Supreme Court after the announcement. The Denverbased judge, who studied at Oxford on a Marshall scholarship, had been a favourite for the post. However Mr Trump orchestrated a showdown worthy of The Apprentice series he starred in. He invited both Judge Gorsuch and his closest rival, Pennsylvania-based Thomas Hardiman, to Washington before announcing the victor.

On the campaign trail Mr Trump had hinted he would consider challenging the historic Roe v Wade court decision legalising abortion. Judge Gorsuch has made no secret of his pro-life views. …

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