Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. This seat remained empty for a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia because the Senate refused to hold hearings for President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
In Tuesday’s “Radio Times,” host Marty Moss-Coane got reactions and analysis from Lisa McElroy, associate professor of law at Drexel University Kline School of Law; and Carol Nackenoff, professor of political science at Swarthmore College. They also talked about the pecking order on the court and what the newest justice has to do.
“I think he’s going to be more amiable, more collegial than Justice Scalia sometimes was,” Nackenoff says. “Judge Gorsuch might be more persuasive to moderates on the Court.”
“But we have to remember he’s going to be the new guy on the block,” McElroy says. “The justices have said that every time there’s someone new who joins the Court they start their process of melding and working together all over again.”