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President Nominates Garland

President Nominates Garland

President Obama described Garland as "someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence."

Judge Garland’s “Spirit of Decency” Could Earn Him a Seat on the U.S. Supreme Court

BY JUANI HOPWOOD

Merrick B. Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. (Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/The National Law Journal)

Merrick B. Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. (Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/The National Law Journal)

President Barack Obama has announced Merrick Brian Garland as his nominee for the Supreme Court’s 113th justice today. Speaking from the Rose Garden today, President Obama described Garland as “someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence. These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle.” If appointed, Judge Garland would replace recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.

In response to President Obama’s selection, Senator Tom Udall said in a statement today, “I look forward to meeting with [Judge Garland] and examining his record in more detail as part of my duty as a United States senator . . . Few of the Senate’s constitutional duties are more important than offering our advice and consent on Supreme Court nominations. That’s why I have been deeply disappointed by the Senate Majority’s refusal so far even to hold hearings on any nominee by President Obama. The Senate has always voted on every pending nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy, even when the nomination is made in the last months of a president’s term. To say that the president’s nominee doesn’t even deserve a hearing is an example of Senate dysfunction and partisan politics at their very worst. The president has done his job, and it’s time for the Senate to do ours.”

“Chief Judge Merrick Garland certainly has an impressive resume,” said Senator Martin Heinrich in a statement this morning. “I look forward to sitting down with him and learning more about his judicial philosophy and record. I will take care to examine his judicial record closely before I make any decision on whether to support his nomination.”

“We have a job to do here in the Senate,” Heinrich continued. “It is our Constitutional duty to exercise advice and consent for Supreme Court justices. It is my sincere hope that all of us will take that job seriously by holding hearings, conducting interviews and, ultimately, by holding a vote on this nominee.”

Juani Hopwood is online editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach her at juani@freeabq.com.

 

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Juani Hopwood is Online Editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach her at juani@freeabq.com.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.