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Trump Should Take a Serious Look at Amul Thapar for the Supreme Court

July 5, 2018 in Economics

By Ilya Shapiro

Ilya Shapiro

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has given President Trump
the chance to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy in less than two
years. The president hit a home run with Justice Neil Gorsuch, who
helped deliver conservatives and libertarians their best Supreme
Court term in some time. Can Trump do it again? According to recent
reports, he has interviewed seven candidates. All appear to be
originalists and textualists of varying shades, and each could make
an excellent justice. But keep your eye on Judge Amul Thapar,
President Trump’s first judicial nominee after Justice Gorsuch but
someone I haven’t seen much written about beyond simple

Thapar had already been on Trump’s longer Supreme Court list as
a federal district judge — he was a semifinalist for the
Gorsuch slot — and was quickly elevated to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which covers politically critical
states in the middle of the country. That marked his third Senate
confirmation, having also been the U.S. attorney (chief federal
prosecutor) for eastern Kentucky, based across the river from

If nominated and confirmed, Thapar would make history as the
first Asian-American on the Supreme Court. His parents emigrated
from India and have lived out the American dream (something that I
personally can relate to). Thapar’s father worked at a Ford factory
and started his own small heating and air conditioning business in
Toledo. His mother owned a successful restaurant but sold it after
9/11 so that she could help troops transition back to civilian
life. To top it off, Thapar was born in Michigan, grew up attending
public schools in Ohio, and lives in Kentucky— a Rust Belt

If Trump decides to
nominate Thapar, the nation will get a young, charismatic,
personable, textualist and originalist who could serve on the court
for three decades or more.

Thapar’s background suggests he shares the values of
ordinary citizens, including a deep appreciation for
America’s opportunity. Thapar was on a plane on 9/11. After
learning of the attacks mid-air, he vowed that if his plane landed
safely, he would dedicate his career to serving the country he
loved. Thapar promptly left his elite law firm and began what has
now been 12 years of his public service.

Perhaps it’s unsurprising given his background, but
Thapar’s jurisprudence suggests he well understands a
fundamental American truth worth repeating this week as we
celebrate Independence Day: In the United States, we the people
govern ourselves. In legal practice, individual liberty and
self-governance require a commitment to textualism and originalism,
such that judges stick to the text of the laws they apply and the
original meaning of the Constitution.

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Source: OP-EDS

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