WASHINGTON, D.C., January  31, 2017 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron commented today on President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Supreme Court:

“Judge Neil Gorsuch is a disastrous choice for the U.S. Supreme Court – especially now, given the president’s repeated demonstrations of contempt for our democratic institutions. This shows us how vital the federal courts are as a check against unconstitutional and erratic acts by the other branches. Judge Gorsuch’s record shows no sign that he would offer an independent check on the dangerous impulses of this administration.  What it does show is that he would put the agenda of powerful special interests ahead of the rights of everyday people, and work to undermine countless laws that protect consumers and workers; safeguard clean air and water; ensure safe food and medicine; and protect civil rights. He would also endanger women’s rights and the rights of LGBTQ communities. Our Supreme Court is the crown jewel in our justice system, and we must not let it be packed by partisan ideologues who are beholden to an authoritarian executive’s extreme and unpredictable agenda.”