Justice Neil Gorsuch claims Supreme Court not split on party lines
What are his arguments?
- Gorsuch … recently agreed with more liberal colleagues in a decision reaffirming a criminal defendant’s right to a jury trial.
- He told the audience at Brigham Young that the justices eat packed lunches together while Justice Stephen Breyer tests out knock-knock jokes that his grandchildren taught him. Gorsuch said he and his colleagues sing happy birthday to each other, grill burgers at employee picnics and play practical jokes.
- Officials say the Supreme Court’s justices rule unanimously in 40% of the 70 cases they hear in an October-to-May term.
As far as I can see, Gorsuch’s points are irrelevant. On important cases, I think we know how the justices will vote most of the time.
The SCOTUS has ALWAYS been a political body. If it were true that they never got involved in using their own political views to form opinions, then ALL decisions would be 9-0, wouldn’t they?
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Since all decisions aren’t 9-0, it follows (modus tollens) that the premise “the Justices never get involved in using their own political views to form opinions” is false, and politics is sometimes involved. The question raised in the article is this: when political views are involved, does the court predictably divide on party lines.