Judge Neil Gorsuch has been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
His confirmation hearing will take place next week.
Judge Gorsuch, who is the first Hispanic to serve on the US Supreme Court, is a former federal prosecutor and lawyer for a number of corporations.
He also has experience in law enforcement, and in particular in federal prison and the military.
Here are five things to know about him: 1.
He has a very broad resume in the criminal justice field.
The US Justice Department has described him as “a law-and-order conservative”.
He is an advocate for civil liberties.
During his time on the federal bench, Judge Gorsuch has made significant strides in defending the rights of the accused.
He’s a liberal in the extreme.
The conservative justices on the court have frequently been the ones to strike down laws that the President himself has signed, and they’ve also been the most vociferous opponents of social justice causes.
He could get an easy confirmation vote.
In 2019, a group of Republican senators led by Senator Orrin Hatch successfully pushed to remove the Supreme Justice from the bench.
He was one of the most vocal supporters of the ‘sanctuary city’ laws.
They exist to protect illegal immigrants who have been deported.
He also signed a bill in which the state of California is exempt from having to enforce federal immigration law.
Read more: In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on the new court nominee and will update as we learn more.