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Democrat ends marathon speech against Neil Gorsuch

says Gorsuch sides with corporations too often
Democrat ends marathon speech against Neil Gorsuch
Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 12:56:17-04

   Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley has ended his marathon speech on the Senate floor against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

   The Oregon lawmaker yielded the floor at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday --  15 hours after he began highlighting his party's opposition to Gorsuch.

   During his attention-grabbing talk-a-thon, Merkley stood next to a blown-up, poster-style portion of the Constitution with the words "We the People" showing.

   Gorsuch is a 10-year veteran of a federal appeals court in Denver, where he's compiled a highly conservative record that's led Democrats to complain he too often sides with corporations without regard to the humanity of the plaintiffs before him.

   Merkley says Gorsuch's disdain for class action lawsuits, often brought by consumers, is an example of the judge's business-friendly worldview.

   AP-WF-04-05-17 1427GMT