The life and death issue ignored at Judge Gorsuch's confirmation hearings

Source: The Intercept
by Liliana Segura

"Over two long days before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Gorsuch was never asked his views on the death penalty. More time was spent discussing fly-fishing and rodeos, along with more serious (if redundant) questioning on life and death issues like abortion and euthanasia. This was not particularly surprising; confirmation hearings are mostly political theater — and Gorsuch's record on criminal justice has stirred little controversy compared to other hot-button issues. Many lawyers and experts expressed a measure of relief when Trump announced Gorsuch as his Supreme Court pick. 'I don't think he's a fire-breathing, law and order, pro-prosecutor guy,' said Tejinder Singh, the appellate and Supreme Court litigator who won a stay of execution for Mark Christeson in 2014. Yet Gorsuch seeks to join the Supreme Court at a time when the death penalty is in a state of chaos and decline." (03/23/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/23/the-life-and-death-issue-ignored-at-judge-gorsuchs-confirmation-hearings/