Confident and Assertive, a New Justice in a Hurry

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Judging by Justice Gorsuch’s early opinions, he is fully acclimated.

In June alone, in addition to his only majority opinion of the term, he wrote seven others: three dissents, three concurrences and a statement urging the court to take up a legal question “at its next opportunity.” By comparison, Justice Elena Kagan, the next most junior justice, wrote seven dissents and concurrences in her first two terms.

Justice Gorsuch cheered his supporters with conservative votes on President Trump’s travel ban, gun rights, money in politics, the separation of church and state and the sweep of the court’s 2015 decision establishing a right to same-sex marriage.

But his most forceful statements came in otherwise forgettable decisions.

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