Trucker: 'Surreal' to be topic of Supreme Court nomination

Posted at 7:22 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 07:22:24-04

A former truck driver fired after leaving his trailer on the side of an Illinois road after breaking down on a frigid 2009 night says it is "surreal" to find his story at the center of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

As a federal appeals court judge in Denver, Gorsuch dissented from a ruling ordering a trucking company to rehire Alphonse Maddin. Gorsuch argued he examined the law, not whether the company was "wise or kind."

Critics use the case to argue Gorsuch favors business interests over ordinary Americans. Gorsuch counters there are many cases when he has ruled for the little guy, when the law has been on the judge's side.

Maddin, of Detroit, is using his unexpected platform to render an opinion on a jurist he believes puts ideology above human interest.