Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself

Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself

by John Greenya


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The first comprehensive biography of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the youngest Supreme Court justice at the time of confirmation in twenty-five years.

Born in Denver in 1967, Gorsuch was—and still remains—somewhat of a mystery to Democrats and Republicans alike, despite his ten years as a federal judge. During his confirmation, a senator said to Gorsuch, “We want to know what is in your heart.” Now, acclaimed author John Greenya seeks to answer that question with this fascinating book.

In Gorsuch, Greenya interviews those who knew Neil Gorsuch well in all periods of his life, both his opponents and his friends—at home and school, from his early work as a lawyer and his year as a Justice Department official, plus lawyers and others who interacted with him in his many years on the Federal bench. Enlightening, probing, and endlessly fascinating, Gorsuch provides a window to this conservative replacement to Justice Antonin Scalia and affords us a unique perspective on his anticipated legal opinions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501181696
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Greenya, a widely respected Washington-based writer, and the author or coauthor of more than two dozen books, writes frequently about the law. His books include: Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself; The Real David Stockman; Blood Relations; and Silent Justice: The Clarence Thomas Story. His collaborations include Law and Justice in the Reagan Administration (with former US Attorney General William French Smith), For the Defense (with F. Lee Bailey), Are You Tough Enough? (with Anne Gorsuch Burford, Judge Neil Gorsuch’s mother), and Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of US Senator Ted Stevens (with Robert Cary). His writing on the law and true crime has appeared in The Washington Post, and his work has appeared in such other publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, People, and USA TODAY, among others.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 A Western Childhood 7

Chapter 2 A Fine Education 17

Chapter 3 Clerking 51

Chapter 4 Love and Marriage 69

Chapter 5 The Practice of Law 81

Chapter 6 A Year at DOJ 97

Chapter 7 On the Bench 119

Chapter 8 A Way with Words 135

Chapter 9 Neil Gorsuch: Scalia Lite or Scalia 3.0? 149

Chapter 10 The Confirmation Hearings 159

Conclusion 191

Author's Note 201

Appendix A 205

Appendix B 213

Notes 233

Bibliography 237

Acknowledgments 241

Index 243

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