Experts: Trump's Supreme Court choice won't majorly change court decisions
Tuesday night, President Donald Trump kept his promise to his supporters and nominated his choice for the Supreme Court.
His choice, Neil Gorsuch, a relatively conservative judge, much like the late Antonin Scalia.
"This nominee is someone who believes strongly in a historic understanding of the Constitution,” Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel of the Independence Law Center said.
Considered a “textualist” and an “originalist,” Gorsuch believes in the Constitution’s traditional meanings.
During his time in the US Court of Appeals, he ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, a company fighting for their religious liberties along with Conestoga Wood Specialties from Lancaster County, in 2014.
"He recognized that the rights of the business owner, the individual liberty of conscience, shouldn't be destroyed simply because you run a business, but that we don't give up our constitutional rights simply because we're running a business instead we should be able to keep our constitutional rights no matter where we are,” Wenger said.
His stance on abortion, a controversial topic among both democrats and republicans, has yet to be heard.
But Widener University Law Professor Michael Dimino says he wouldn’t be surprised to see him as pro-life.
“He's written a whole book about assisted suicide and euthanasia and most people who study those two issues plus abortion will tie them all together, so his skepticism about the constitutional right to euthanasia may indicate a skepticism toward a constitutional right of abortion,” Dimino said.
Dimino says if Gorsuch is appointed, it won’t change much from when Scalia was in the seat, but it’s the future most are either concerned for or hopeful for.
"Everybody in Washington seems to recognize that this is a warm-up for the real conflict which will occur when the next vacancy arises. If Justice Kennedy, a moderate, or one of the four liberals leaves next and President Trump is able to replace that person with the conservative, that could shift the balance from what it is now,” Dimino said.
The next step is for Gorsuch to get the full Senate approval. He must first make it through the Senate Judiciary Committee before they can vote on his appointment.