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Gorsuch Honors Scalia, Says Originalism Is Here to Stay

Gorsuch Honors Scalia, Says Originalism Is Here to Stay
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By    |   Friday, 17 November 2017 09:02 AM

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch gave a nod to the late Antonin Scalia during a speech Thursday night, crediting the jurist for bringing originalist and textualism to the High Court, according to reports.

"Tonight I can report that a person can be both a publicly committed originalist and textualist and be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States," Gorsuch said during his speech to kick off the Federalist Society's annual conference in D.C., the Washington Examiner reported. 

"Originalism has regained its place at the table … textualism has triumphed … and neither one is going anywhere on my watch," Gorsuch told the assembly, which included just one other Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Alito, Politico reported.

Gorsuch replaced Scalia on the Court, whose death in February 2016 sparked a bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats over the vacant seat.

"The duty of a judge is to say what the law is not what it should be," Gorsuch told the gathering.

Also in attendance were Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House counsel Don McGahn, both of whom are scheduled to speak Friday during the conference.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell along with Republican No. 2 John Cornyn also attended the speech, as did Cabinet members Scott Pruitt, Alexander Acosta and Elaine Chao, also McConnell's wife.

Gorsuch's appearance at the conservative group's conference drew the ire of the liberal group Alliance for Justice, the Washington Examiner reported.

"We'll say it again: this behavior is unbecoming for a Supreme Court justice, cheapens the court, and undermines the trust of the American people in the court's fairness and impartiality," said Nan Aron, the group's president.

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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch gave a nod to the late Antonin Scalia during a speech Thursday night, crediting the jurist for bringing originalist and textualism to the High Court, according to reports.
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