Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and... Neil Gorsuch?
A shock ruling from President Trump's first, and more conservative Supreme Court Appointment, certainly looks like a head scratcher on the surface.
The case of Herrera v. Wyoming, which involves a Native American man convicted for hunting in a national forest, revolves around the validity of a treaty signed in 1868 that allowed local tribes to hunt in “unoccupied lands” in the US soil in exchange for a piece of land that went on to become Wyoming and Montana. The key issue being argued was whether the hunting rights in the treaty remain in effect or were cancelled when Wyoming achieved statehood in 1890.
Conservatives argue that the treaty was invalidated with Wyoming's admission to the Union. This is the second instance of one of Trump's SCOTUS appointments voting against the political right.
This ruling comes on the heels of last week's news that Trump’s other nominee, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, sided with the left in a 5-4 decision that he himself wrote, ruling that Apple could be sued by iPhone owners over high prices in their App Store.
These recent rulings should be a matter of concern, especially as speculation that Ruth Bader Ginsburg may retire has mostly settled down.