Judge Nap: Gorsuch Brings 'Scalia-Like Dose of Skepticism About Gov't'
After Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, Judge Andrew Napolitano was asked whether he will carry on Scalia's legacy.
"I'm ecstatic over this," Napolitano, a former New Jersey State Superior Court Judge, said, "[Gorsuch] is the most worthy jurist in the country to fill the shoes of Antonin Scalia."
Napolitano said Gorsuch brings a "Scalia-like dose of skepticism" about the government's ability to regulate the economy and Americans' personal lives.
The Denver judge also embraces "originalism", the idea that the Constitution's meaning has not changed since its inception, as Scalia strongly did.
He warned that if Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) successfully filibusters Gorsuch's confirmation through the Spring, it could have an effect on several key cases the high court will hear in April.
Cases involving EPA policy, as well as whether the U.S. Department of Education can mandate all American schools receiving federal funding to revamp their restrooms to accommodate transgender students, are to be heard later this year.
Without Gorsuch's "fingerprint", Napolitano said, the Supreme Court will likely rule 4-4, effectively accepting what the lower court in each case has ruled.
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