More than 100 civil rights groups have fired off a letter to senators to oppose Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, The Washington Times reported.
Led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human rights, the groups noted a 2005 National Review article by Gorsuch criticized "American liberals" as having an "addiction to the courtroom," according to the newspaper.
They claim Gorsuch's comments showed a "hostility to the use of courts by discrimination victims," the Times noted.
"The American people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will be independent and not simply serve as a rubber stamp for the President who appointed him," said Wade Henderson, head of the leadership conference. "Gorsuch also has an unacceptable record of putting powerful corporate interests above the rights of workers and ordinary people."
Just a day earlier, 39 of Gorsuch's former law clerks sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee hailing him as "an extraordinary judge," who has "impeccable" qualifications, the newspaper reported.
"He believes firmly that the role of the judge in our democracy is to apply the laws made by the political branches — that is, to adhere to our Constitution and the statutes our elected representatives have enacted, and not to confuse those things with a judge's own policy preferences," the law clerks wrote.
And one of his former clerks, Jessica Greenstone wrote in column for USA Today: "Judge Gorsuch is a sincere, humble and devoted steward of the law who has a demonstrated record of faithfully upholding our constitutional rights. He deserves our support."
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