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News Posted on March 24, 2017

Professor Larson Interviewed on Capital Public Radio Regarding Supreme Court Nominee

Professor Carlton Larson was interviewed on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Capital Public Radio program Insight with Beth Ruyak. His remarks covered a wide range of subjects, including analysis of Judge Gorsuch’s answers to questions posed in his nomination hearing, thoughts on his record as a judge, and remarks on the confirmation process itself.

Professor Larson said that if the Gorsuch nomination is put to a vote, he would almost certainly be confirmed by Senate Republicans, and that whether or not he has a future as a Supreme Court justice probably depends on whether Democrats in the Senate can muster 40 votes to filibuster the nomination.

“I don’t think the argument is going to be about simply Judge Gorsuch, because I don’t think that’s going to be successful,” Larson said. “The argument has to be something different and more broad, and that argument I think is that given the potential criminal investigation of the president, under those circumstances the nomination of a Supreme Court justice should wait. To the extent that the argument is about Gorsuch, this doesn’t really go anywhere. If it’s about Trump, then I think the Democrats have a better shot at getting their 40 votes.”

Carlton Larson's research interests focus on constitutional law and legal history, with a strong emphasis on the 18th century.