“Judge Gorsuch: Cannot Say if Cannibalism Unconstitutional”


In written responses to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in anticipation of a committee vote to move his nomination forward Monday, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declined to express an opinion on whether human cannibalism ordered by a state would violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Gorsuch replied to a question from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “Respectfully, the questions posed here may come before me as a judge. Accordingly, I can promise no more than that I will endeavor to follow the law as faithfully as I am able. To offer more would risk violating my ethical obligations as a judge, denying litigants the fair and impartial judge to whom they are entitled, and impairing judicial independence by suggesting that a judge is willing to offer promises or previews in return for confirmation.”

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