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September 04, 2018

Senators indict themselves during first day of Kavanaugh confirmation scrum

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. And while most would rightly expect it to be excessively partisan, the first hour was a food fight. Chairman Grassley could not get through two sentences of his prepared opening remarks before nearly every Democrat ...

March 23, 2017

About that "superprecedent" thing

During this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Ranking Member Diane Feinstein repeatedly used the term “superprecedent” to describe the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. Her line of questioning was aimed at badgering the judge into agreeing with her ...

March 22, 2017

During His Confirmation Hearings, Judge Gorsuch Discusses the Role of the Judiciary

I had the honor of learning from Judge Neil Gorsuch while I attended the University of Colorado Law School, both as his student in the classroom and as his intern for a semester at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Because Judge Gorsuch has had a big influence on my legal education and career, I ...

March 21, 2017

Gorsuch confirmation hearing day two: preview

Today, each of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 20 members will have 30 minutes to ask questions of Judge Gorsuch. Interested readers may view the hearing live or recorded at the Committee’s website. Copies of Judge Gorsuch’s responses to written questions and other written submissions are available here for those who want to read ...

March 20, 2017

Gorsuch hearing day one round up: the judge's opening statement

His own words are better and more important than any analysis and comment from us. Anyone with the least interest in Judge Gorsuch’s nomination should listen to his statement from beginning to end. For what its worth, my favorite part is the tribute he offers to his wife. ...

March 20, 2017

Gorsuch hearing day one round up: introduction statements

Following almost four hours of occasionally interesting statements by the 21 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Gorsuch was introduced by a panel of three: Colorado’s two United Senators, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal. ...

March 20, 2017

Gorsuch hearing day one round up: committee member statements

Today was day one of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Most of the day was taken up with statements made by the 21 Senators on the Committee, which took up almost four hours of the four and a half hour day. While much of ...

March 20, 2017

Gorsuch confirmation hearings underway

In addition to the excitement surrounding PLF’s Supreme Court oral argument today in Murr v. Wisconsin, today is also the day the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. ...

March 17, 2017

Francois interviewed by Daily Signal on Gorsuch confirmation

I am interviewed for an article published this afternoon in the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, previewing the procedural aspects of the Senate’s confirmation process for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Anytime a major decision is before the United States Senate, the 60 vote majority rule plays a role. Th ...