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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 04:07 PM

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Decries Lack of Access to Justice for Many Americans

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book calls for civility, and better access and understanding of the legal system for Americans.

Richard Wolf, USA TODAYPublished 1:23 p.m. ET Sept. 8, 2019
Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Lawyers cost too much. Getting to trial takes too long. Juries promised by the Constitution are rarely used. And just try counting all the criminal laws on the books.

Those are among the provocative criticisms made by the Supreme Court's youngest associate justice, Neil Gorsuch, in a USA TODAY interview and his new book, "A Republic, If You Can Keep It."

Gorsuch, 52, is convinced that warning – reportedly issued by Benjamin Franklin after the Constitutional Convention – can be met, and the republic will be preserved. But the problems he observes in the justice system and what he describes as the nation's "crisis in civility" are obstacles he would like to see removed.

That Gorsuch would highlight civility and kindness as prescriptions for what ails us might seem counterintuitive. His was the seat that Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama from filling in a vituperative, year-long battle in 2016. The president who chose him, Donald Trump, berates in harsh tones the federal judges Gorsuch extols.

The book is, like the justice himself, a study in contrasts. Folksy and self-deprecating, the court's lone westerner came from Colorado in 2017 with rhetorical guns blazing, amply filling the late conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the bench. It took him only two terms to lead his colleagues in dissents.

At the same time, Gorsuch has made peace with the court's liberals, often siding with Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in defense of the "little guy" being surveilled, accused, tried or convicted of a crime.

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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 04:28 PM

1. That's not good, but maybe we need to worry more about

certain Americans' lack of justice being administered them.

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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 04:40 PM

2. I decry convicted murderers on death row for decades

And people who whine about Prison conditions

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