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Gorsuch's By-The-Book Philosophy Is Good For Defendants

Law360, New York (February 2, 2017, 11:08 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's Tenth Circuit opinions and public comments show a skepticism of government power and a bent for requiring prosecutors to stick closely to the black letter of the law, making him a potential friend to criminal defendants.

In his 10 years on the federal appellate bench, Gorsuch authored several opinions overturning or reversing convictions where he found prosecutors did not prove what the law required. He has also been critical of the ballooning number of federal criminal laws.

Defense attorneys including John Elwood of Vinson & Elkins LLP say they're hopeful Gorsuch's philosophy will result in...

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