Trumps shortlist for the nations highest court reportedly includes Hardiman, federal Judge William Pryor of Alabama and federal Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado. The Hill
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." USA Today 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."
USA Today 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: "Theres 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."
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