- Austin Sarat: Originalism is a political symbol of the belief that it is time to take back rights
- Gorsuch's critics should treat originalism as a potent statement about who rightly owns rights, Sarat writes
Austin Sarat is associate dean of the faculty at Amherst College, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science at Amherst College and author of "Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty". The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Monday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court followed a familiar script. The judge's critics painted him as a tool of the powerful, while his supporters emphasized Gorsuch's stellar credentials and his judicial philosophy.