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Gorsuch sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

Responsibility of a lifetime:President Donald Trump watches as Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch at the White House on Monday.AP

Responsibility of a lifetime:President Donald Trump watches as Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch at the White House on Monday.AP  

A devoted conservative, he will occupy Antonin Scalia’s seat

Neil M. Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, placing a devoted conservative in the seat once occupied by Justice Antonin Scalia and handing President Donald Trump a victory in his push to shape the court for decades to come.

Justice Gorsuch, 49, took his judicial oath in the White House Rose Garden with Mr. Trump looking on. It was the fulfilment of a vital campaign promise made by Mr. Trump to make the appointment of a strict conservative to the Supreme Court a top priority.

Influencing the court

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 80, often a swing vote who holds the balance of power on the court, presided, a reminder that Justice Gorsuch’s ascendance may not be this President’s final chance to influence the direction of the high court.

“Justice Gorsuch, you are now entrusted with the sacred duty of defending our Constitution,” Mr. Trump said during the ceremony.

Justice Kennedy’s presence was symbolic personally for Justice Gorsuch, who served as a clerk for Justice Kennedy and considers him a mentor.

It is the first time in the history of the Supreme Court that a sitting justice will serve with a justice who had been his clerk.

About two hours before the Rose Garden ceremony, Chief Justice John Roberts administered a separate oath, the one given to all federal officials to support and defend the Constitution, to Justice Gorsuch in a private session at the Supreme Court.NYT

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