Former Law Clerks Herald Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuchâ€™s Independence
By Richard Wolf
One thing you can say about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: He inspires loyalty among his former law clerks, no matter their politics.
Every one of them who worked for Gorsuch since he became a judge in 2006 â€” with the exception of two now clerking at the Supreme Court â€” signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday heralding his independence that â€œwill never waver.â€�
In their letter, the former law clerks stressed Gorsuchâ€™s strict adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law, regardless of his opinions. â€œAs law clerks who have worked at his side, we know that Judge Gorsuch never resolves a case by the light of his personal view of what the law should be,â€� they said. â€œNor does he ever bend the law to reach a particular result he desires.â€�
â€œHe has never feared staking out a principled position … even if he had to do so alone,â€� they wrote. â€œIf confirmed, we are confident that Judge Gorsuchâ€™s independence â€” grounded in the limited powers granted to the judiciary by the Constitution â€” will never waver.â€�