Obama to Nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

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From the New York Times, President Obama will nominate Merrick Garland on Wednesday as the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice. Garland is a judge widely respected even by most Republicans and with this nomination Obama hopes his choice will be considered by the Senate during his last year in office.

Judge Garland, a moderate with bipartisan support over decades, has been widely praised and would be difficult for Republicans to reject, particularly if a Democrat were to take office in November and elect a more liberal nominee.

Judge Garland has a prestigious and distinguished background in law. At 63, he is older than an average SC nominee. The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 helped shape his professional and legal reputation. He coordinated the Justice Department’s response and started the case against the bombers and supervised their prosecution.

On Wednesday, the White House noted that Garland was confirmed to his post in 1997 with the support of 7 sitting Republicans: Senators Dan Coats of Indiana, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, John McCain of Arizona & Pat Roberts of Kansas.

In an email to supporters early Wednesday morning, Obama stated,  « As president, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a justice and one of the most important decisions that I — or any president — will make. In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee.”

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