I don’t care what you have to say, I just want him confirmed already.
The responses to his nomination have been mixed: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) directly opposes him while Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) supported giving him a confirmation vote and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said, “I understand he has [basically] impeccable credentials, well thought of in a class with Barack Obama at Harvard, and he got overwhelmingly unanimous consent when he came through this process before.”
A wide range of opinions is understandable, but there are several reasons Democrats should support Neil Gorsuch for the position of Supreme Court justice. Ranging from his support for criminal justice reform to his skepticism of government power (including opposition to the expanding number of criminal laws) and his personal disagreements with Trump, there are several aspects of Gorsuch’s nomination that should appeal to Democrats as well as Republicans.
The most important issue that should make Democrats interested in Gorsuch’s nomination is his staunch support for the Fourth Amendment. In the case of United States v. Carloss, Gorsuch strongly dissented against a warrantless “knock and talk.” Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, accessed a front porch to try to get the homeowner, Ralph Carloss, to let them enter the home DESPITE the fact that the homeowner had several “No Trespassing” signs in front of his property.
The court ruled in favor of the agents, but Gorsuch dissented, arguing that they needed a warrant in order to go onto the front porch of the home due to the no trespassing sign. The agents attempted to argue they had “implied consent,” but Gorsuch stated that the multiple “No Trespassing” signs suggested otherwise.
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Remso W. Martinez is a blogger, activist, and host of the “Remso Republic” podcast. You can see more of Remso’s work at www.remsorepublic.com