What is Trump's short list for Supreme Court?

The HillTrump’s shortlist for the nation’s highest court reportedly includes Hardiman, federal Judge William Pryor of Alabama and federal Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado.

I've mentioned Neil Gorsuch before. Thomas Hardiman appears to be positive on 2nd Amendment issues as well. I'm posting the USA Today short-profiles of each of the three judges on the short list below the fold along with my preliminary thoughts. At this stage I'm not comfortable giving anyone my seal of approval. It's noteworthy that Reason argues against Pryor on the grounds that he is too deferential to government.

USA Today
Thomas Hardiman, 51, Pennsylvania

Judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

Appointed by President George W. Bush, 2007; Georgetown University Law Center

KEY QUOTE:Drake v. Filko, 2013, striking down a "justifiable need” limit on gun possession: "A rationing system that burdens the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right by simply making that right more difficult to exercise cannot be considered reasonably adapted to a governmental interest because it burdens the right too broadly."

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William Pryor, 54, Alabama

Judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Appointed by President George W. Bush, 2004; Tulane University Law School

KEY QUOTE: Common Cause/Georgia v. Billups, 2009, upholding requirement that voters show photo identification: "The insignificant burden imposed by the Georgia statute is outweighed by the interests in detecting and deterring voter fraud."

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Neal Gorsuch, 49, Colorado

Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

Appointed by President George W. Bush, 2006; Law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy; Harvard Law School

KEY QUOTE: Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch, 2016, blocking federal immigration rules that conflict with judicial precedent until they can be reviewed in court: "There’s an elephant in the room with us today.... Chevron and Brand X permit executive bureaucracies to swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative power and concentrate federal power in a way that seems more than a little difficult to square with the Constitution."

This entry was published Mon Jan 30 10:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2017-01-30 10:25:30.0. [Tweet]

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