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Trump's judges are flexing their muscles, from civil rights to campaign spending

President Trump's selection of federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court was but the first of many judicial appointments. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)

"...Some of those strict constructionists have not always been predictable. Trump's first and most important nominee, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, sided with liberals last month in ruling that a law subjecting non-citizens to deportation for crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague. Such laws, he said, 'can invite the exercise of arbitrary power.'

One of Trump's most controversial picks — 6th Circuit Judge John Bush, who had penned a blog post under a pseudonym comparing abortion to slavery — ruled in favor of a Mexican woman seeking asylum in the United States. He was backed by two judges appointed by Democratic presidents.

"We and our sister circuits have found a real threat of individual persecution when an applicant presented evidence describing threats of harm," Bush wrote.

Curt Levey, president of the conservative Committee for Justice, said the decision shows that Trump's judges are 'believers in textualism and the rule of law, rather than ideological conservatives who might decide cases based on their personal political beliefs...'"

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