Neil Gorsuch is US SC's 9th justice

Q.  Who has been sworn in as the US SC's  9th justice on April 10, 2017?
- Published on 11 Apr 17

a. Neil Gorsuch
b. John Roberts
c. Mitch McConnell
d. Janet Reno

ANSWER: Neil Gorsuch
Neil Gorsuch is US SCNeil Gorsuch was sworn in on April 10, 2017 as the US Supreme Court's ninth justice, moving the bench to the right as he filled the seat left vacant by last year's death of conservative icon Antonin Scalia.

Gorsuch was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. He will take a second oath later in the day at a public White House ceremony officiated by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

His nomination to a life term marked President Donald Trump's first opportunity to shape for a generation a court that is the ultimate arbiter of many of the most contentious issues in American life.

In Gorsuch, Trump selected a respected federal appeals court judge who is seen as a fervent disciple of Scalia and a brand of conservative jurisprudence that calls for the strict interpretation of the US Constitution.

The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm him, but only after Republican leader Mitch McConnell swept aside longstanding rules to overcome a Democratic filibuster.

The judge's credentials include degrees from Columbia, Harvard Law and Oxford and clerkships with two Supreme Court justices, the late Byron White and Kennedy.

As a Justice Department lawyer from 2005-2006, Gorsuch led all government litigation arising from the US war on terror.

This is including its defence of the extraordinary rendition of Khaled el-Masri, a German-Lebanese citizen who was handed over to the CIA in Macedonia in 2003 and flown to Afghanistan.

Neil Gorsuch: Know More
  • Born: 29 August 1967, Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: University College, Oxford, Columbia University, University of Oxford, Harvard University, Harvard Law School
  • Books: The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

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