U.S. Supreme Court

Leahy will not vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

The Vermont senator does not support Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s decision to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination, which would effectively block a full Senate vote.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee deflects Senate questions about abortion, voting rights

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reiterated her concern that Neil Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Gorsuch tersely replied, “No one is looking to return us to horse-and-buggy days.”

Gorsuch declares independence from political pressure

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Tuesday that the interests promoting Neil Gorsuch’s nomination have an agenda. “They’re confident you share their agenda,” he told the nominee.

Sanders Statement on Supreme Court Nominee

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders Jan. 31, 2017 Contact: Sanders Press Office [email protected] WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Tuesday after President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court: “The Supreme Court plays an […]

Leahy Statement on Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy Jan. 31, 2017 Contact: Leahy Press [email protected] Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court Of The United States January 31, 2017 “In light of the unconstitutional actions of our new President in just his first week, the Senate owes […]

Leahy calls for ‘unsparing examination’ of Trump high court pick

He described the Republicans’ unprecedented refusal to allow a hearing on President Obama’s nominee “shameful” and promised not to try the same tactic.

Fell’s defense wins access to files it hopes will shift blame

A judge found that Fell’s interests outweigh the attorney-client privilege of his former murder co-defendant, whom the defense is seeking to paint as the ringleader.

Then Again: This legal pioneer didn’t shy from a fight

Carrie Kilgore was her college’s first female law graduate and the first woman to serve as an officer in a state judiciary. She later argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Leahy Comment on Supreme Court Decision In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy June 27, 2016 Contact: Jay Tilton [email protected] Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Supreme Court’s Decision In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt June 27, 2016 [In a 5-3 decision Monday in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court struck down a […]

University of Vermont Officials Praise Justices After Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision

News Release — UVM June 23, 2016 Contact: Jeff Wakefield, [email protected], (802) 578-8830 In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision upholding the right of the University of Texas-Austin to consider race as one of many factors in admissions decisions, officials at the University of Vermont praised the ruling. “We are very […]

Stuart Graves: Common sense about the not Supreme Court

Calling any institution supreme is ill advised. Granting ourselves such an exalted position in the cosmos only encourages us to folly.

Leahy Again Calls For SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing & Vote on Chief Judge Merrick Garland

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy May 10, 2016 Contact: Jay Tilton [email protected] Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Questionnaire Submitted by Chief Judge Merrick Garland, Nominee To Be Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Of The United States May 10, 2016 “Chief Judge Garland has provided the […]

Leahy goes to bat for Obama’s Supreme Court pick

“Our constitutional duties as senators and the traditions of our institution should not be trumped by partisan politics,” said Vermont’s senior senator.

Leahy Calls For Open Debate In Judiciary Committee On SCOTUS

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy March 3, 2016 Contact: Jay Tilton [email protected] . . . Democratic members of Senate Judiciary Committee speak on the Senate floor after Committee Republicans postpone executive business meeting WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, March 3, 2016) – The Senate Judiciary Committee has not had a business meeting since the untimely death of […]