LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has espoused a limited role for judges in a speech in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who championed his confirmation.
Speaking at the University of Louisville with McConnell looking on, Gorsuch said Thursday that judges should stick to interpreting laws, not rewriting them.
The new justice said winning elections and getting bills passed by Congress and signed by the president won’t matter if “all you need to do is convince a judge.”
Gorsuch also spoke out against entrusting “unelected, life-tenured” judges to make policy.
Gorsuch says that sometimes a “real-life, ‘good guy'” loses a case because the judge rules based on what the “law demands.”
Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill a vacancy after the death of Antonin Scalia.