Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett are self-described originalists and textualists, but their reading of texts in three recent decisions drove them to opposite conclusions.
The closing weeks of a Supreme Court term bring not only anticipated major rulings, but often offer the most revealing insights into the justices’ approaches to judging. Although all eyes this term are on potential blockbuster decisions, those decisions and less headline-grabbing ones should offer more clues to the individual approaches of the newest justices: Gorsuch, Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh.
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